Born in 1914, Pierre Balmain came of age during a time of great political and artistic upheaval. When he moved to Paris in the thirties to study architecture, he and his fellow students were exposed to the new radical philosophy of the Bauhaus, which posited that designers should strive to eliminate divisions between applied and fine arts, in order to perfectly harmonize artistry with the best in industrial design. That iconic “less-is-more” ideal also guided each step of the creation of this streamlined style a bold choice for both men and women, which seems destined to become a classic.