Balenciaga is known for its refined statement-making style. The brand prides itself on immaculate craftsmanship and innovative design. Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his couture house in Spain in 1918 and later relocated to Paris. The house soon became known for its graceful simplicity and radically altering silhouettes. Balenciaga is the father of the high-waisted baby doll dress and the tunic dress. Balencaiga has produced many designer protégés such as Givenchy, Emanuele Ungaro and Oscar de la Renta. Alexander Wang became Creative Director of Balenciaga in 2012.