‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ at the V&A


For anyone in the fashion industry, studying fashion design, in the fashion editorial space or fringing it,  visiting this exhibition at the V&A, London  is worth it.

Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga , known as the couturier’s couturier, created silhouettes that are iconic and familiar today even if you don’t know who he was. The baby doll, the envelope, the balloon , the high -low cut are all part of his legacy. His influence extends to generations of designers and the the well curated show is divided between a lower floor and upper floor. The lower floor  has the designer’s clothes, sketches, pattern books, clothes he created for favourite clients  and X ray photographs of his dresses so you can see the detailing and the stitches . It is technical but very interesting.

Those  wonderful X ray prints of the evening dresses  priced at fifty quid shot by photographer  Nick Veasey were sold out when I asked.

One floor above are the clothes by designers across five decades ( or more ) who acknowledge his work directionally in some of their own silhouettes .

I am not a fashion expert so no expert comments just enjoy the images.  Sadly  many are out of focus- not entirely my fault as it was a little dark and crowded downstairs.

For a really good write up and  understanding of Balenciaga do read  Hamish Bowles‘ super introduction and walk through at vogue.com 

http://www.vogue.com/article/hamish-bowles-balenciaga-exhibition-victoria-and-albert-museum .





Designers he influenced : Issey Miyake


Hussain Chalayan


Rei Kawakubo



The exhibition is on until feb  2018   at The Victoria and Albert Museum , London  https://www.vam.ac.uk


One Comment Add yours

  1. veengupta says:

    Very interesting. And the pics are good. The style is very individual.

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