Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Referred to as “the master of all of us” by Christian Dior and “the only couturier in the truest sense of the word" by Coco Chanel, Cristobal Balenciaga and his innovative designs were revered even among his talented contemporaries.
Soon, more than 100 of his sculptural garments, crafted at the peak of his fame in the 1950s and 1960s, will be on display at Bendigo Art Gallery as part of its new exhibition Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion.
The exhibition will explore the legacy of the renowned couturier whose pioneering use of fabric revolutionised the female silhouette.
Iconic shapes – including tunic, sack, baby doll and shift dresses – feature alongside ensembles Balenciaga made for Hollywood actress Ava Gardner, dresses and hats belonging to ’60s fashion icon Gloria Guinness, and pieces worn by one of the world’s wealthiest women, Mona von Bismarck.
Archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage will give a behind-the-scenes look into his salon and workroom, and a forensic digital pattern-making project by London College of Fashion will reveal his intricate processes.