In 1997, at the young age of 25, Ghesquière was the surprise choice to head Balenciaga. Promoted to creative director of Balenciaga after his Belgian predecessor Josephus Thimister.He is known for his sense of “silhouette,” pairing highwaisted skinny pants with a voluminous “blouson,” or a tightly cut wool jumpsuit with billowing sleeves.
Consistently reinventing himself by moving in new directions, he turned Balenciaga completely around. An aspect of the designer’s devotion to the house’s legacy is his respect for Cristóbal Balenciaga’s unyielding elegance and inventiveness. However, even though the Balenciaga archives are stored in Ghesquière’s atelier, he can gain entry to the locked room only by special appointment with an off-site custodian. Ghesquière was called “fashion’s most sought-after and influential figure”, the most intriguing and original designer of his generation … the hippest, hottest, most sought-after creator by fashion aficionados”.For the present, Ghesquière’s plans are only to focus on building Balenciaga into an international powerhouse brand, developing perfumes, menswear and a full range of accessories.