Balenciaga: Working in Black at the Musée Bourdelle

From March 08, 2017 to July 16, 2017
  • Balenciaga at the Musée Bourdelle, Paris, France

    Balenciaga at the Musée Bourdelle, Paris, France

    © Pierre Antoine - Paris Musées

Balenciaga: Working in Black at the Musée Bourdelle paris fr


The sculptural form of Paris’ Musée Bourdelle is the perfect setting for this exhibition of haute-couture dresses, which should be top of the list for all fashion fans. Spanish designer and couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) saw clothes as his ‘religion’ according to Christian Dior – and the colour black is the unusual central thread running through this display, an unprecedented posthumous collaboration between Balenciaga and sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. Admire lace embellishments, intricate embroidery and indulgent silk velvet flourishes that traced and sculpted the silhouettes of numerous film stars, including Marlene Dietrich who wore Balenciaga gowns in the 1940s.

Among the exhibits are Balenciaga’s ‘barrel’ line and signature ‘sack dress’ with which he made his name. His pared-down, elegant style is represented by a beautiful collection of cocktail dresses embellished with silk taffeta, fringes, satin ribbon and jet pearls, all on joint loan from the Galliera collection and the Balenciaga House archives. There are also hats, jewellery and accessories to browse. Balenciaga founded his eponymous fashion house in the Basque city of San Sebastian, before being forced to leave Spain during the Civil War and continuing his career in the French capital.

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