Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the V&A
Balenciaga started weaving his magic in 1919, catering for the Royal Family but the Spanish Civil War forced him to move to Paris. In Paris is where he found his fame with Clients risking their safety during World War II for his special couture.
The Victoria and Albert Museum showcases his work from the 1950s to the 1960s, as well as its effect on designers in the future. Showing off Garments and Hats of his, including famous works the Baby-Doll Dress, The Sack Dress and The Balloon Hem.
The V&A shows off all in his best work by X-Raying the dresses to under the workings and the detail to create his stunning Couture Gowns.
Balenciaga created his best work by sculpting architecture forms, to a point I was shocked to see it was an earl 1960 piece. He pushed boundaries. It was all about the Dress and not so much the curves of the female body but it celebrated a strong woman, showing no restriction.
‘He was not afraid of volume and unafraid to express his own creativity.’
This exhibit offered a wonderful insight into his word of beauty, giving the visitor details of the inspiration behind the work, detailed illustrations and walls of fabric swatches.
The Victoria and Albert Museum did a great job bringing Balenciaga back to live with this wonderful exhibit.