The exhibition dedicated to Cristóbal Balenciaga in Paris will be the first of many events celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the French maison during 2017.
“Balenciaga: l'oeuvre au noir” will be inaugurated on the 8th of March at the Musée Bourdelle. More than 100 black-tone pieces belonging to Galliera Museum and Balenciaga’s archive will be shown, including daywear, accessories and evening dresses embellished with ribbons, pearls, sequins and fringes.
“L’Oeuvre au Noir” exhibition has been inspired by Olivier Saillard’s visit to Museo del Traje of Madrid. Here the director of Palais Galliera discovered the leading role of black colour in Spanish culture, and conceived the idea to show Balenciaga in black hues.
The 100th anniversary of Balenciaga will be also celebrated at the Victoria&Albert Museum from the 27th of May 2017.
“Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion” is the first retrospective dedicated to Balenciaga in United Kingdom. About 100 clothes and 20 hats will be on display here, showing the work of one of the most innovative and influential designer of the XX century.
The exhibition will introduce Balenciaga’s and some other contemporary designers’ artistry, and analyzes the most creative period of the French designer’s career. During the decade between 1950 and 1960 the most renowned women of the century wore Balenciaga’s creations, while great contemporary designers, such as Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, revered him and his unique style.