And today its Cristobal Balenciaga. Described as 'the designers designer', Balenciaga was admired by the likes of Dior and Chanel. He was well known for his being able to sense a change in the times and his architect of cloth creating flattering, dramatic shapes. Cecil Beaton in 1954 wrote 'If Dior is the Watteau of dressmaking, then Balenciaga is fashions Picasso.' Balenciaga developed the cocoon jacket (1947), the box jacket (1949), the middy line (1951), the tunic line (1955), the sack or the chemise (1957) and the empire line (1958).
I think if I was lucky enough to have a designer dress it would be by Balenciaga.