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Cristóbal Balenciaga: The Great Master of Couture

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Discover now the intimate world of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the "Fashion's Picasso" as Cecil Beaton called him. A tribute to the great Spanish designer, the exhibition Cristóbal Balenciaga, collector of fashion at Les Docks -- Cité de la Mode et du Design features over 70 costumes, alongside with haute couture coats and dresses designed by Balenciaga from 1937 to 1968. Also on display are personal items, such as accessories, photographs, sketches, and art books that demonstrate the designer's passion for history, and his cultural heritage.

Velvet boleros, satin torero costumes, magnificent capes and mantelets, cashmere stoles, lace mantillas,   dresses, samples of embroidery and trimming, all these lavish items figure in profusion in this collection assembled by the great master of couture and generously donated to the museum by his family.

The Galliera Museum's extra-mural program continues at Les Docks -- Cité de la Mode et du Design with two simultaneous exhibitions dedicated to two renowned fashion designers from different periods of time: Cristóbal Balenciaga and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons (see my previous post on Rei Kawakubo's exhibit).

Cristóbal Balenciaga
1937-1968
© Pierre Antoine / Paris Musées
© Pierre Antoine / Paris Musées
© Pierre Antoine / Paris Musées
© Pierre Antoine / Paris Musées
 Private collection Cristóbal Balenciaga. Crinoline dress, around 1870 © Delphine Jaulhac / Galliera
Balenciaga. Bolero and skirt (details), 1949
© Stéphane Piera / Galliera / Roger-Viollet
Private collection Cristóbal Balenciaga. Boléro, early 20th century
© Delphine Jaulhac / Galliera
Balenciaga. Dress coat "Papillon", 1968
© E. Emo and A. Llaurency / Galliera / Roget-Viollet
 Private collection Cristóbal Balenciaga. Men's bolero, Spain mid-19th century
© Eric Emo / Galliera / Roger-Viollet
Private collection Cristóbal Balenciaga. Mantelet, around 1895
© Eric Emo / Galliera / Roger-Viollet
Private collection Cristóbal Balenciaga. Traditional men's jacket worn for Andalusian ballet, mid-19th century © Stéphane Piera / Galliera / Roger-Viollet
Private collection Cristóbal Balenciaga. Virgin dress, end of 18th century or early 19th century
© Stéphane Piera / Galliera / Roger-Viollet
Private collection Cristóbal Balenciaga. Cape, around 1895
© Eric Emo / Galliera / Roger-Viollet
Private collection Cristóbal Balenciaga. Mantelet , around 1895
© Eric Emo / Galliera / Roger-Viollet
Balenciaga. Evening dress number 128 F/W 1967. Balenciaga Archives Paris
Courtesy of Galliera Museum
Cristóbal Balenciaga, collector of fashion is on view at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris.
April 13 - October 7, 2012
Curator: Olivier Saillard, Director of the Galliera Museum
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