Balenciaga:Shaping Fashion V&A

I had the pleasure to see the ‘ Balenciaga:Shaping Fashion’, exhibition at the V&A. The Spanish Designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga’s Exhibition showcased oustanding attention to pure craftmanship and modern innovations ways of pattern cutting. With elegance and class,no-one can say different, his is a true inspiration to the fashion world and his influence continues to this day. If you had the chance to go, I think there will be many jealous people, as this exhibition closed on the 18th Febuary.So here I am to share this experience with you, hope you enjoy the picture and some background information….and grab yourself a fine wine!

Balenciaga has been one of the greatest influences on fashion in the world

— Josep Font, Creative Director,Delopozo

Cristóbal Balenciagahas,born  January 21, 1895 – March 23, 1972) was refered by Christian Dior, ‘The master of all of us’, which says something froma world known Parisian Designer.His mother was a seamstress, and at the age of 12 he became her apprentice tailor .A local nobal women,the Marchioness de Casa Torres,was a customer of his and sent him to Madrid to be trained in tailoring .Balenciaga  used his hands to design, cut, and sew the models which demonstrates the art of pure craftmanship.He was working the same time as designers like Christian Dior,Coco Chanel and Pierre Balmain and Baliciaga was known as the king of fashion,because of his structural designs.In his home town Getaria you can visit the Baliciaga Museum,which has a collection of more than 1,200 pieces.He was famous for dressing royality and celebrities such as,Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy.

In 1951 he transformed the silhouette lines,expanding  the shoulders and removed the waist.

In 1955, he designed the tunic dress, which he later developed into the chemise dress in 1957. In 1959 he produced the Empire line and high-waisted dresses and coats cut like kimonos.He also taught fashion and inspired other designers including,Oscar de la Renta, Andre Courreges, Emanuel Ungaro and Hubert de Givenchy. He retired in 1968,at the age of 74,having worked in Paris for 30 years, and returned to spain to live.Today the Baliciaga fashion house is directed by Demna Gvasalia