Balenciaga in New York
Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972)
There’s a wonderful exhibit in New York at the moment: a beautiful overview of the work of the great Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga. It’s at the Queen Sophia Spanish Institute until the 19th of February, at which point it moves (slightly augmented) to the de Young Museum in San Francisco (it will be there from March 26 though July 4, 2011).
Curated by Vogue Magazine’s European Editor-at-Large, Hamish Bowles, the exhibit showcases more than 70 items by Balenciaga.
I’ve often asked people in the fashion world, people whose opinions I respect, to name their favorite designer. The response is, more often than not, Balenciaga. ndeed, the New York Times, in 1967, wrote “No one in the French couture can match him.”
While Balenciaga opened his couture house in Paris in 1937, it was Spain, as Hamish Bowles put it, “that cast the longest shadow.” To Diana Vreeland, Balenciaga’s “inspiration…
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