French house established in 1937 after leaving his native Spain. His early venture there, Eisa, was named after his mother).The label 'Eisa' in later years denoted Balenciaga's ready-to-wear. He ceased to operate the house in 1968. Couturiers who trained under Balenciaga include Givenchy, Courreges and Ungaro. The designer from 2004 - 2012 was Nicolas Ghesquiere, followed by Alexander Wang and the house is now owned by the Gucci Group. A Balenciaga Museum in Guetaria under the auspices of the Fundacion Cristobal Balenciaga opened in 2010.