The master is of course, Cristobal Balenciaga, who was also described by Coco Chanel as 'the master of us all'.
Here is an excerpt from Carmel Snow's biography on Balenciaga:
Balenciaga made his debut in Bazaar in October 1938 with a black cloque crepe-lined coat. What set him apart, always, was simplicity of his line. "Nothing is more mysterious than simplicity, it can't be described nor copied."
"His is a Spanish as well as a French elegance," Carmel said, adding that "he is one of the fashion Greats of all time." She burned to bring his work to her readers. When photos from his collection were held up by British censors in Bermuda, she cabled her sister as well as her daughter's nanny - both devout Catholics- exhorting them to pray.
Well, RARE vintage prayers have been answered! Here is a fine and important Balenciaga ensemble from 1968 in a stunning bronze brocade.
1966/1968 Balenciaga ensemble. Size 2.