I’ve been familiar with the name Balenciage for a while and it has nothing to do with the trainers or the Ikea-esqe bag, but I am a huge fan of tailoring and I see Balenciaga as a master of haute-couture as he created a lot of ground breaking designs.
So here are 3 (ish) reasons to take a trip to see the exhibition before it ends on the 18th February 2018.
There are over 100 garments and 20 hats are on display in this exhibition. It also holds the making of the works, historic pieces alongside technical drawings, design sketches, fabric swatches and reference photographs taken by the house. (exhales)
The top floor looks towards all the designers who have been influenced by Balenciaga, including one of my favourites, Josep Font of Delpozo, but also Coco Chanel and even Gareth Puth. After trailing through the archives on the first floor it’s easy to see the influence of Balenciaga in their work.
Though there isn’t much for the textiles fans, I think they will be impressed by the x-ray works of the artist, Nick Veasey. Who has built the first ever mobile x-ray art studio which was used to create the x-ray imagery for this exhibition. Anyone who is a fan of details will love seeing how Balenciaga created his signature shapes.
Get more details via the V&A website, and if you’ve been to the exhibition, let me know what you think.