Balenciaga Double Balloon Cape, 1953

Fashion As Art: Balenciaga

I’m going to see Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the V&A Museum today and I’m really quite excited.

Christobal Balenciaga was one of the Couture designers who really influenced and changed the way women dressed in the mid-twentieth century and his fashion is iconically known through the work of the eminent photographers of the day.

I’ve spent a little time this morning catching up, ordering a book or two, and simply enjoying the influential fashion as art produced by Balenciaga throughout his working career.

I’m posting a few of my favourite images here – past, present and illustrative – and am making a note to visit the Balenciaga Museum when I eventually travel to San Sebastián: read about this in Flung Magazine online. I did laugh at Sarah Stodola’s ambiguity about the ‘seriousness’ of fashion – I suspect all of us thinking fashionistas with a passion for intellectualising fashion both feel, and are made to feel, the same. I console myself with the thought that loving fashion as art does not preclude us from having a brain too and anyone who believes it does is somewhat lacking in the grey matter themselves.

I hope you like what you see here and do visit the V&A exhibition if you are able.

I must say that I particularly love the black and white, with orange legs, balloon dress from the Fall 2017 RTW collection below. It has such striking reference to vintage Balenciaga, don’t you think? I’ve been trying to draw it but just cannot produce anything that’s good enough – I shall have to keep trying, I guess.

Happy weekend. Smiles 🖤

Balenciaga Wool Suit, 1956
Balenciaga Wool Suit, 1956
Balenciaga Linen Two-Piece, 1955
Balenciaga Linen Two-Piece, 1955
Balenciaga; Lisa Fonssagrives; Irving Penn
Balenciaga; Lisa Fonssagrives; Irving Penn
Balenciaga; Lisa Fonssagrives; Irving Penn
Balenciaga; Lisa Fonssagrives; Irving Penn
Balenciaga; Lisa Fonssagrives; Irving Penn
Balenciaga; Lisa Fonssagrives; Irving Penn
Balenciaga; Sue Murray; Irving Penn
Balenciaga; Sue Murray; Irving Penn
Balenciaga illustrated by Bernard Blossac, 1953
Balenciaga illustrated by Bernard Blossac, 1953
Schiaparelli and Balenciaga illustrated by Bernard Blossac, 1952
Schiaparelli and Balenciaga illustrated by Bernard Blossac, 1952
Balenciaga illustrated by Bernard Blossac, 1949
Balenciaga illustrated by Bernard Blossac, 1949
Balenciaga illustrated by Bernard Blossac, 1960
Balenciaga illustrated by Bernard Blossac, 1960
Balenciaga Atelier Sketch, 1958
Balenciaga Atelier Sketch, 1958
Balenciaga Fall 2006 illustrated by J Larkowsky
Balenciaga Fall 2006 illustrated by J Larkowsky
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga
PFW Fall 2017 RTW: Balenciaga

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