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Renato Balestra Net Worth 2023


Renato Balestra Net Worth 2023 Renato Balestra

Renato Balestra

Height1.71 m (5′7″)Renato Balestra Height - 1.71 m.
Birthday1924-05-03Renato Balestra Birthday: 1924-05-03
GenderMaleRenato Balestra Gender - Male
ProfessionDesignerRenato Balestra - One of the richest
Weight75 kg (165 lbs)Renato Balestra Weight - 75 kg

Renato Balestra Wiki and Bio

Born 1924-05-03, Renato Balestra is definitely one of the most well-known Male Designer, like . Renato Balestra gained popularity also with the help of social media: Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

Renato Balestra Net Worth: 2023 update

2023 Renato Balestra net worth and salary

According to statistics and other open sources, in 2023 Renato Balestra net worth is estimated around $ 20.000.000 - good for Designer.

Renato Balestra, born in Trieste on 3 May 1924 and died in Rome on 26 November 2022, was an Italian fashion designer, creator of the eponymous brand.

Wife, children, private life

Not much is known about Renato Balestra's private life. It is not known if he was married, but he had two daughters: Fabiana and Federica Balestra, who are known in the fashion world as The Sisters of Haute Couture. Fabiana and Federica Balestra continue to carry on the empire of their father, Renato Balestra. They have worked with the designer for many years and have breathed that magical atmosphere of colours and many fabrics since childhood.


Born in 1924, Renato Balestra was born in Trieste into a family of engineers and architects. Immediately after school he decided to attend a course in civil engineering at university, even though he could not put aside his passion for painting and music. 

His career in fashion began by chance, when friends sent one of his sketches to the Italian Fashion Centre (CMI): immediately noticed for his talent, he was invited to take part in a fashion show and in 1953 he abandoned his engineering studies and completed his apprenticeship in Jole Veneziani's atelier.

Balestra soon decided to move from Milan to Rome where he opened his maison Casa Balestra in Via Sistina. Today, the atelier still produces around thirty lines: its clientele includes many international personalities and not only VIPs, but also first ladies, queens and Saudi princesses. Entrepreneurs and actresses.

In 2013, his vision led him to launch a special project with AltaRoma for the new generation of designers: Be Blu Be Balestra, a competition for young talents to reinterpret the iconic Blu Balestra under his guidance. In 2018, AltaRoma paid tribute to him with a unique event: over 100 of his archive dresses paraded at Cinecittà, in front of an audience of 2,500 people.

Throughout his career, Renato Balestra has received prestigious awards for his talent. In Beijing, he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Beijing Fashion Academy. In 2015, in London, he was awarded the title of International Couturier Extraordinaire by the Asian Couture Federation (ACF) and was invited to become a member of the Federation.

How many children did Renato Balestra have?

He had two daughters, Fabiana and Federica, who are known in the fashion world as The Sisters of Haute Couture and continue to run the business after their father's death. He died in Rome on the evening of 26 November 2022 at the age of 98.

Considered the 'painter of fashion', he used his artistic spirit to create a synergy with Italian haute couture, which he profoundly transformed over the decades. In the 1970s, he was famous for his signature 'Embroidery Painting', based on the original use of materials and actual painting on fabrics of all kinds. His mastery of transparencies, through innovation and freedom of expression, spoke to modern, strong and sensual women.

Renato Balestra in Rome

In 1954 he moved to Rome and began working as a stylist for prestigious fashion houses such as Emilio Schuberth , Maria Antonelli and the Sorelle Fontana . His strong passion for the cinema led him to design costumes for Ava Gardner in The Barefoot Contessa and The Sun Also Rises , for Gina Lollobrigida in Beautiful but Dangerous , for Sophia Loren in Lucky to Be a Woman , for Candice Bergen in The Adventurers , and for Shirley Jones , Micheline Presle and Giorgia Mollper Dark Purpose .

Renato Balestra in Hollywood

As the international jet set became more and more aware of her talent, in 1958 she began presenting her collections all over the United States, from Los Angeles to New York . He debuted in Hollywood with actresses such as Zsa Zsa Gabor , Tina Louise , Joan Bennett , Linda Christian , Natalie Wood , Ann Miller and Arlene Dahl . Appreciated and loved not only for his designs but also for his optimism, he became the darling of film stars such as Liz Taylor , Claudia Cardinale , Marina Cicogna , Lydia Alfonsi , Daniela Rocca , Yvonne Furneaux , Carroll Baker , Candice Bergen and Cyd Charisse.

Renato Balestra in 1960

Portrait of Renato Balestra in his atelier in Rome at Via Gregoriana 36. Renato Balestra in his atelier in Rome .

In 1959 he opened his first atelier in Rome at Via Gregoriana 36. In 1961 he presented his first spring-summer haute couture collection at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna . These were the years in which 'Blu Balestra' appeared for the first time, on a short satin dress: a luminous, magical and timeless shade, a unique colour that remains an undisputed symbol of the fashion house to this day.

In 1962 Renato Balestra joined the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, and the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) chose him to promote the quality of Made in Italy in the world.

In January 1963, Renato Balestra held his first fashion show in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti, launching a completely new fashion concept distinguished by simplicity, rigour and spontaneity. He developed this new approach by designing exclusive collections for Isetan in Tokyo and for the major American department stores Saks Fifth Avenue , Bergdorf Goodman , Foley's, Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor .

By the end of the 1960s the Renato Balestra brand was distributed in over 70 American department stores and walked the catwalks of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Middle and Far East. Soon, customers included the world's most powerful and elegant women, from first ladies to princesses and empresses. Custom-made dresses and wedding gowns, highlighting various local cultures and materials, created a solid foundation for the designer's long career.

In 1973, the registration of the Renato Balestra brand was completed. As one of the first designers to believe in licensing, Renato Balestra launched his eponymous perfume in 1978 and went on to successfully explore and develop various products: not only fragrances, but also make-up, luggage, eyewear and household items.

Uniforms by Renato Balestra

His creativity further increased the number of collaborations and flourished in expertly executed uniforms for Philippines Airlines (1985), Alitalia Airlines (1986) and for Agip Petroli plant managers (1988).

Balestra made suits for Farah Diba , Empress of Persia, for Imelda Marcos , First Lady of the Philippines, and in 1985, in honour of Queen Sirikit of Thailand, he presented the Spring/Summer 1985 collection made entirely of local Mudmee silk at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok. He has dressed Saudi princesses and for Princess Noor bint Asem of Jordan on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein (2003) Renato Balestra designed a unique wedding dress.

Renato Balestra Opera costumes

In 1988 he presented Rosa & Chic on Rai 2: it was the first time a designer was given his own television programme. In 1991 he wrote his first book: Alla ricerca dello stile perduto , published by Rusconi.

Renato Balestra's interest in the arts, including the theatre, led him to design the costumes for Cosi è (se vi pare) directed by Franco Zeffirelli (1985), Rossini's Cenerentola at the Belgrade Opera House (1988) and Strauss's La portatrice di rose at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste (for the opening of the 1999 opera season).

Balestra returned to costume design for the Broadway-Asia Entertainment produced musical Cinderella, which toured the world from major Asian cities to America from 2009 to 2011. In 2019 he designed both costumes and set design for Tchaikovsky Lago's The Swan at the Belgrade Opera House .

Special Projects of Renato Balestra

In 2013, his vision led him to launch a special project with AltaRoma for the new generation of fashion designers: Be Blu Be Balestra , a competition for young talents to reinterpret the iconic Balestra Blu under the personal guidance of Renato Balestra.

Career celebration

In 2018, AltaRoma celebrated his career with an exceptional fashion show that presented over 100 couture dresses from the Renato Balestra Archive in front of 2,500 guests.

Renato Balestra Recognition

Throughout his career, Renato Balestra has received prestigious awards in recognition of his talent: he was appointed Honorary Professor of the Beijing Fashion Academy; President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano appointed him Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2009; and he was appointed International Couturier Extraordinaire by the Asian Couture Federation in Singapore.

Renato Balestra Archives

In 2019, the Renato Balestra Archive was declared by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC) "of particular historical interest". It includes documentation produced from the mid-1950s to the present day, and consists of more than 40,000 sketches and drawings, clothing and tailoring, press reviews and photographs.

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Renato Balestra partner

As of 26/09/2023, Renato Balestra spouse seems to be unknown.

How tall is Renato Balestra?

Renato Balestra is 1.71 m tall. Of course, Renato Balestra height changes with time slowly.

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What is is Renato Balestra weight?

As of 2023, Renato Balestra weights approximately 75 kg.

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When was Renato Balestra born?

Renato Balestra was born on 1924-05-03 🎂.

Renato Balestra age

As of 26/09/2023, Renato Balestra age is 98.

Is Renato Balestra still alive?

Unfortunately, Renato Balestra has passed away 2022-11-26, 0 years ago 😢. He was 98 years old 😰.

How rich is Renato Balestra - Net Worth in 2023: $20.000.000

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