Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1967. Photograph by Hiro Wakabayashi for Harper's Bazaar. © Hiro 1967

Exhibition: Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

What a stunning image: Alberta Tiburzi in ‘envelope’ dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1967. Photograph by Hiro Wakabayashi for Harper’s Bazaar. © Hiro 1967,

It’s from the promo for the upcoming Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition at London’s V&A Museum, from 27 May 2017 to 18 February 2018:

Cristóbal Balenciaga is one of the most revered and influential designers of the 20th century. His unique and forward-thinking vision of female beauty, innovative use of textiles and ingenious pattern-cutting, shaped the modernity of 1960s fashion and continues to shape fashion today.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is the first exhibition on Balenciaga in the UK and marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of his first fashion house and 80 years since the opening of his famous house in Paris. The exhibition will take an in depth look at the craftsmanship behind Balenciaga’s designs and will explore his impact through designers who worked with him and those who show his influence today.

Old style glamour and craft. How I adore looking at the history and development of high fashion and Balenciaga … ooh, the thrill.

At some, hopefully, less than busy time, close to the opening of doors, I will be there, panting, membership card in hand.

I. Cannot. Wait. To. See. This.

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