Balenciaga: Spanish Master Exhibition Preview

Today Debra and I went to preview the Balenciaga: Spanish Master exhibition held at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York. The show which opens tomorrow features more than 70 items of Cristobal Balenciaga curated by Hamish Bowles. Designer, Oscar de la Renta conceived of the show which is the first to consider the impact of Spain’s culture, history, and art on the legendary Critsobal Balenciaga.

I took Debra to the exhibit with me because I knew she’d appreciation the beautiful display and scultural forms. She told me that she first saw Balenciaga’s work as a child on TV. His designs and colors were immediately inspiring to her. Even if you can’t afford to buy designer clothing you can be inspired by their artistry. It is the artful quality and expressive power of style that Debra and I relate to. Check out the great clip below to see some Vintage Balenciaga designs similar to those in the exhibition.
  • This old vintage clip is very cool |

  • Jan

    Is there a catalog for those of us who live on the other coast and can't get there?

    His work makes my heart stop.

  • the vintage clip was so much fun to see!!:)

  • the little capes…

  • Thank You Ari! i love that vintage clip – the way that pink cape came off, the way the models and the gowns moved…..

    and Debra's great thoughts on working couture into everyday life – i've been thinking about that lately. i'm lucky to sew, and in the 1980-90's esp. Vogue Patterns had an incredible stable of designers- Miyake, Chloe, Valentino, Montana – you could buy the patterns pretty reasonably and make your own garment (the patterns included all types of instructions for couture techniques). so i never felt 'shut out' of the high fashion world….

    Debra's ideas on taking inspiration are just perfect. what a wonderful companion to take on this preview (for you and for us). thank you!!! steph

  • I wish I was able to see this! I love the influence that the costumes worn by Flamenco dancers and Bullfighters had on his designs.

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  • Beautiful!!