Paris pays tribute to Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972), to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the fashion designer's death, with an exhibition of the clothes the couturier collected throughout his life.
Organised by Musée Galliera, Paris' fashion museum currently undergoing renovation works, Cristobal Balenciaga - Collectioneur des Modes is being housed in Paris' relatively new Docks, a futuristic green structure on the Seine which is also home to Paris' hottest new club, Wanderlust.
Industrial style metal crates, lit with fluorescent strip lights, showcase over 70 outfits from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, alongside over 40 creations from the Balenciaga couture house itself. The designer's passion for the art of couture, as well as his influences, are shown through the themes of Spanish folklore, black and dark colours, and religious and ceremonial clothes. The exhibition presents a museum of Balenciaga's inspiration and style and provides an almost timeless moodboard of sleek, feminine and exquisitely constructed garments.
Cristobal Balenciaga - Collectioneur des Modes
Due to its success, the exhibition is now running until 28th Oct!
34 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris