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I know it's ages to go till May next year, but I just saw this!!! I am super, super, super excited and simply cannot wait!
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
27 May 2017 –18 February 2018 (media preview: 24 May)
Revered by his contemporaries and fashion designers today, Cristóbal Balenciaga represented the pinnacle of haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s and is widely regarded as one of the most innovativeand influential designers of the last century. His exquisite craftsmanship and pioneering use of fabrics and cutting set the tone for the modernity of the late 20th century. The V&A will present the first exhibition on Balenciaga in the UK, marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of his first fashion housein San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous Paris salon in 1937. Balenciaga: Shaping Fashionwill take an almost forensic look at the craftsmanship and skill that made Balenciaga’s creations so special and explore how his work has shaped future fashion design. Around 100 beautiful garments and 20 hats will be on display, representing the work of Balenciaga and his followers. Sketches, photographs and fabric samples will contextualise the garments and patterns, x-rays, toiles and film will be used to reveal details in their construction and making. The V&A has a large and important collection of Balenciaga and many pieces have not been seen before.