Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion -V&A museum

It has become the talk of the fashion world here in London, the opening of Balenciaga: ’Shaping Fashion’ exhibition at the V&A on May 27th, 2017.

The exhibition tells the story of a remarkable tailor’s apprentice in a small Spanish village who makes an incredible sartorial journey all the way through Paris Haute Couture royalty.

Cristobald Balenciaga

 

His incredible fashion career spans more than half a century. The V&A exhibition is focused on his creative output from the 50s and 60s, the most daring and innovative years of his career.

His iconic signature, like the Balloon dress, cocoon and square coats, envelope dresses, toreador-like beaded boleros, the peacock-tail dress will all be on show.

The V&A has the largest collection of Balenciaga in the U.k. initiated in the 1970s by the photographer Cecil Beaton, Balenciaga’s long lasting friend.

Described by Coco Chanel as “the only Couturier in the truest sense of the world” the exhibition will show the impeccable garment construction highlighted through a serious of X-rays.

 

Balloon Hem Dress – Balenciaga 1954

The X-ray, created by artist Nick Veasey, shows hidden construction details that would be otherwise invisible and are displayed next to the corresponding garment.

Alberta Tiburzi in the Envelope dress by Balenciaga -Harper’s Bazar 1967

Balenciaga gave women a new silhouette. Experimenting with volumes. His lines related to the body of any woman with innovative and bold fabrics and materials.The Balenciaga’s Shaping Fashion exhibition is an in-depth investigation of structure and making of his designs.

Lisa Fonsagrive- Pen wearing coat by Balenciaga 1950

The Balenciaga’s Shaping Fashion exhibition is an in-depth investigation of structure and making of his designs.It also marks the 100

It also marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of his Paris salon.

From Saturday, May 27th through February 2018. https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/balenciaga-shaping-fashion