BALENCIAGA AN INSPIRING LEGACY
On Avril the 13th of this year The Galliera Museum will pay it’s tribute to Master Cristobal Balenciaga at La Cité de la Mode et du Design, in Paris, with an exceptional collection, retrospective of Balenciaga’s work since 1937 -1968 (time in which Cristobal was the head of his Maison). This collection will be exposed in honor of the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of the Master Balenciaga.
It was Monsieur Christian Dior the one who referred to Balenciaga as “The Master of us all” , followed by Madame Coco-Chanel who once said that BALENCIAGA is the only couturier able to design, cut, assemble and sew a dress together entirely by himself .
He was an inspiration for big names like GIVENCHY, UNGARO, SCHERRER, COURREGES and OSCAR DE LA RENTA and in his numerous clients it is worth mentioning the Queen of Spain, the Queen of Belgium, the Duchess of Windsor, Princess Grace of Monaco, all regularly recognized in the press as the best-dressed women in the world.
Balenciaga thought that women didn’t need to be perfect or beautiful, the clothes should make them look like that.
In the 40’s some of the most catching features of his creations were the close-fitting waistlines and square shoulders, these features evolved in the 50’s into open necks, wide shoulders and looser waistlines. Since the biggest part of his clients were of a certain age and not exactly “slim as a model” he changed the features of his clothes so they could feel glamorous and wonderful at all times. His imprint was left on various periods, mentioning the coats with wide collars, tunic dresses and sack dresses.