Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain (b. St. Jean de Maurienne, France, May 18, 1914 – Paris, France, June 29, 1982) was a French fashion designer. Known for sophistication and elegance, he said that "dressmaking is the architecture of movement."
Balmain's father, who died when the future designer
Adolfo began his career as a milliner in the early 1950s, a time when hat designers were accorded as much respect and attention as dress designers. By 1955 he had received the Coty Fashion award for his innovative, often dramatic hat designs for Emmé Millinery. In 1962 Adolfo opened his own salo
The top name in hairdressing during the Sixties was Vidal Sassoon, whose customers included Mary Quant, Jean Shrimpton and Mia Farrow. Sassoon famously flew to America for Farrow when she wanted her hair styled for the film 'Rosemary's Baby'. It cost her $5,000. Sassoon had been a protégé of Mr Tea