Balenciaga has dedicated its autumn/winter 2022 fashion show to “fearlessness, resistance” and “the victory of love and peace” as Russia continues its war on Ukraine.
In a post to Instagram ahead of the Paris fashion week show on Sunday 6 March, Balenciaga’s creative director, Demna Gvasalia, said the conflict had triggered his own past trauma of being a refugee during the Georgian Civil War.
Gvasalia said Balenciaga had initially considered cancelling the show as the continuation of fashion week felt “like some kind of absurdity” while war was waging in Ukraine, but ultimately decided to dedicate the collection to “the victory of love and peace”.
“This is why working on this show this week was so incredibly hard for me. Because in a time like this, fashion loses its relevance and its actual right to exist,”.