Balenciaga and Dior had a complex relationship. Christian Dior referred to Balenciaga as the "master of us all," recognizing his greatness and originality . Coco Chanel also praised Balenciaga and considered him the only true couturier in the industry .
While both designers were highly respected, they had different approaches to fashion. Balenciaga was known for his craftsmanship, attention to detail, and emphasis on permanence in his designs . He aimed to create dresses that could be bequeathed and last forever . Balenciaga focused on his own work and did not comment on other designers . He had no fear of being overlooked and did not see Dior as a rival .
On the other hand, Dior was a designer rather than a couturier, according to Chanel . He was known for his revolutionary "New Look," which defied postwar austerity and brought back extravagance and luxury in fashion . Dior's approach was to make the rich feel rich again .
Overall, Balenciaga was regarded as one of the greatest and most creative couturiers in history, while Dior's success was recognized but seen as inferior to Balenciaga in various aspects .
Please note that the sources provided are from a podcast episode discussing Balenciaga and Dior.