The Balenciaga Files

Verified Balenciaga released new statement. “We take full accountability for our lack of oversight and control of the documents in the background and we could have done things differently.” the company said in a statement. Further, they said, “ While internal and external investigations are ongoing, we are taking the following actions: • We are closely revising our organization and collective ways of working. • We are reinforcing the structures around our creative processes and validation steps. We want to ensure that new controls mark a pivot and will prevent this from happening again. • We are laying the groundwork with organizations who specialize in child protection and aims at ending child abuse and exploitation.” We want to learn from our mistakes and identify ways we can contribute. Balenciaga reiterates its sincere apologies for the offense we have caused and extends its apologies to talents and partners. Follow @Demnagram for more.

[Link to part one] / [Link to part two]

In the final installment of our series on Balenciaga, we look past the right wing fundamentalist conspiracy theories and instead explore the haunting images of photographer Gabriele Galimberti. Through our investigation into his work and legacy, we ask: Where will all the good art go when Christian nationalists tighten their grip on the media and artistic reproduction?

We also would like to preface that this episode concerns frank and serious discussions about sexual assault and gun violence.


  • ‘Pedophiles’ banner hung in front of Texas Balenciaga store after controversial ad campaign [CHRON]
  • Balenciaga drops $25M suit against producers of controversial campaign [Page Six]
  • As Balenciaga faces backlash over its bondage-themed campaign featuring children, FEMAIL reveals its controversial history – from fetish masks to bizarre horror-themed ads [Daily Mail]
  • Where’s Kering As Apologies From Balenciaga And Demna Fall Flat? [Forbes]
  • No, This Is Not a ‘Human Skin Jacket’ from Balenciaga [Snopes]
  • No, This Isn’t a Real Photo of Balenciaga Stylist Lotta Volkova [Snopes]
  • Gabriele Galimberti Website


Hosted by journalists Joan Summers and Matthew Lawson, Eating For Free is a weekly podcast that explores gossip and power in the pop culture landscape: Where it comes from, who wields it, and who suffers at the hands of it. Find out the stories behind the stories, as together they look beyond the headlines of troublesome YouTubers or scandal-ridden A-Listers, and delve deep into the inner workings of Hollywood’s favorite pastime. The truth, they’ve found, is definitely stranger than any gossip.

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