Balenciaga, magicien de la dentelle

From April 18, 2015 to August 31, 2015
Balenciaga, magicien de la dentelle 135 quai du Commerce 62100 Calais fr

The Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais 18th April to 31st August 2015 In celebration of the 120th anniversary of the birth of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais presents a new exhibition dedicated to this great designer.

The show is the first of its kind to specifically address the topic of Balenciaga’s lace creations, a theme of considerable importance when we consider the prominent place which lace occupied in the designer’s work throughout his long career.

Cristóbal Balenciaga was an avowed devotee of lace, using it as a fabric and for ornamental purposes. Experimenting with different motifs, colours and applications, Balenciaga fully explored lace’s endless possibilities and celebrated its distinctive qualities. From jackets to cocktail dresses, tunics to accessories, lace is an almost constant presencei n his creations, a testament to the stylistic originality of a creator who was often the driving force behind the evolution of fashion in the 1950s and 1960s.

Featuring almost 75 outfits and accessories (hats, gloves, shoes) along with dozens of studio photographs and sketches, this exhibition presents a wide-ranging overview of the oeuvre of the Spanish legend, offering a comprehensive examination of Balenciaga’s relationship with lace.

Balenciaga’s Parisian creations are joined here by some of the many designs produced by his Spanish fashion houses, whose fabrics he selected in Paris. The Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais has acquired a certain number of these pieces, which are particularly rare in French museums. Presenting this exhibition in Calais, where much of the mechanical lace used by the great designer was originally produced, is also a chance for the museum to pay homage to the city’s lace-making industry.

A co-production by the Museum of Lace and Fashion in Calais / the Cristóbal Balenciaga Foundation, Getaria, Spain. Presented in Calais in 2015 and Getaria in 2016, this exhibition has been made possible by exceptionally generous loans from the Cristóbal Balenciaga Foundation and the Archive Department of Maison Balenciaga, Paris, and with the support of Paris’ Museum of the Decorative Arts, the Palais Galliera, the City of Paris’ museum of fashion, and the Maison Lesage.


Cité de la dentelle et de la mode
135 quai du Commerce
62100 Calais

Admission fees and rates

Permanent exhibition : 5 € / 2,5 €
Temporary exhibition : 5 € / 2,5 €

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