Today I am very happy and proud, because Balenciaga named new creative director and it's Demna Gvasalia.
Born in Georgia, Gvasalia first studied international economics at Tbilisi State University before he enrolled in Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, which spawned the original Antwerp Six in the early Eighties. He graduated with a master’ degree in fashion design in 2006, later that year collaborating with Walter van Beirendonck, one of the Six, on his men’s collections. He joined Margiela in 2009 after the Belgian founder retired, and was responsible for the women’s collections. In 2013, he moved over to Louis Vuitton, where he was senior designer of women’s ready-to-wear collections, initially under Marc Jacobs and briefly under Ghesquière. But it was his Vêtements project — billed as a creative collective and with Gvasalia’s brother Guram functioning as co-owner and business head — that thrust him onto the international radar. His raw and electrifying fall 2015 show, staged in the basement darkrooms of the seedy gay club Le Dépot, attracted a battalion of major editors and celebrities, including Jared Leto and Kanye West. I wish Demna all the best at Balenciaga.