An exhibition examining the life and works of Cristobal Balenciaga has opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington. It’s on until February 18th, and is free for those who are already members of the museum. You walk into the exhibit and first read about Balenciaga’s life and all the wars that he lived through during his time period. He was Spanish born but later relocated to Paris during the Spanish Revolution. A good shout as Paris is one of the main fashion capitals in the world! Next you’re greeted with a room full of Balenciaga’s designs and their backstories.
The white dress is inspired by Spanish traditional dresses, while the pink one draws it’s inspiration from Flamenco dancers back in the day.
This coat is made up of many layers of sequins and stitching. Perfect look for a grocery shopping trip to Tesco!
It’s not only dresses that are featured at the Balenciaga exhibition. There is also an assortment of very sassy hats he designed that are on display. I don’t know about you but I could see myself rocking the one at the back that looks like a bunch of rollers in someone’s hair!
Balenciaga also drew inspiration from other cultures for his dresses. This dress is derived from an Indian sari with a few tweaks. The gorgeous creamy colour makes it perfect to walk down the aisle in!
The exhibit isn’t limited to Balenciaga only. It also contains the works of people who worked under or with him. For example, the white dress above is one of Oscar de la Renta’s designs. Also having Spanish roots, Renta worked as a sketch artist for Balenciaga for a period of time. This dress is a personal favourite from all the other works in the exhibit.
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