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