Yes, it was Cristobal Balenciaga who started his own fashion business at the age of 16 under his own name. Altering Parisian trends for Spanish women he became so famous that was working for queens only. Since Mr. Balenciaga was performing every step of design and production himself, he could not supply for everyone, hence, there was only Haute Couture in the Balenciaga House while he was alive. Cristobal Balenciaga is on the list of the greatest world designers who also gave his tailoring knowledge to Oscar de la Renta and Hubert de Givenchy. A famous and beloved high waisted dress was his creation.