Erik Mortensen, Balmain etc.
Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain (b. Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, 18 May 1914 – Paris, France, 29 June 1982) was a French fashion designer. Known for sophistication and elegance, he once said that "dressmaking is the architecture of movement." His companion was the Danish designer Erik Mortensen, who worked as a designer at Balmain from 1948 until 1991. When Pierre Balmain died in 1982, Erik Mortensen took over as head designer of the house. Mortensen died in 1998 at the age of 72.