Nicolas Ghesquière on the ‘size issue' at Balenciaga

Designer explains small sizing

The designs Nicolas Ghesquière has produced for Balenciaga have won fans around the world – and a repeated observation that the clothes are very, very small.

Now Ghesquière has explained why. ‘We started very skinny, it's true,’ he told The Times. ‘Strangely, we didn't have fit models at all to begin with, just to give you an idea of the size of the company. So we did fittings on the girls at the studio and they were often quite petite. I had a tendency to think good cut and small size, but a good cut should come in big sizes, too. That's what I want to focus on — it's the cut, not the sizing, and if people see that they can wear something in a big size, then I did my job.’


Which is a relief. We don't agree with having to choose between food and fashion.

See the Spring Summer 2013 Balenciaga show here

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