Silk organza evening coat with embroidery and beading by Lesage.
Balenciaga came up with creative designs that any women can
imagine themselves wearing it today.
The baby-doll dress, the shift dress, the raglan sleeve and
cocoon coat. The coat depicts the white pearls with the teardrop and
pink-feathered shaped sequins throughout the evening wear coat.
Paris had ‘a special ambience for fashion’, said Balenciaga.
‘It contained hundreds of dedicated craftsmen making buttons and flowers and
feathers, and all the trimmings of luxe which could be found nowhere else.’
His clients included the Spanish Royal Family, Grace Kelly,
Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, Cristóbal Balenciaga exceeded the simple
model of being a popular designer who dressed the stars. It is clear that his
designs are an intrinsic link and the backbone to many of the most beloved
He produced designs exclusively for his
use and to inspire people in his generation and for us to take inspiration as
well. It’s an amazing silk organza evening coat where women in those days would
wear at an evening out to look elegant and catch fellow audience attention with
the intricate design.Evening dress, silk taffeta stands next to an x-ray image revealing the
structured hoops beneath the silk taffeta skirts. ‘Almost air-borne’ was how Vogue described this historically
inspired evening dress. The exhibition mainly features the expertise that had worked
behind the vibrant red dress. Draping of the finest silk fabric, the dress uses
hoops that is drawn from the centre front seam. The skirt is shaped through
bagging out, which has created the voluminous voids, that fills with air as
they walk. At the hem there is more details to showcase. Many of his voluminous shapes were intended to join his
Spanish legacy, with different pieces mixed with sections of flamenco and even
traditional Catholic dress.
There were amazing stars that wore Balenciaga’s voluminous
shape dresses, which included Ava Gardner, Gloria Guinness and Mona von
Bismarck, one of the world’s wealthiest ladies at the time, who once purchased
eighty garments in a single season and the connection amongst couturier and
clients would often last years. The only reason why V today has showcased over 100
pieces of the Spanish designers work, it remarks the influences it has had on
many of his audiences in the past and in the present. Many viewers have thought
the exhibition did a great job but overall its Balenciaga his work is never bad
it draws the audiences’ attention to admire. Balenciaga, who had trained as a tailor, did not start with
a sketch. “It is the fabric that decides,” he said, of the way he “built” a
design. Even looking back today we always work on the stand to
create a design that we build onto and then create a sketch. The exhibition had
powerful quotes that was directed at Balenciaga’s ‘Cristobal Balenciaga, the
father of contemporary fashion, is dead, but his influence remains.’ Sometimes, there is nothing to be said but “wow”. Visiting
the exhibition personally the people in the surroundings were amazed and all
you can hear was positive opinions on how the garments were produced and
displayed remarkably. I was overwhelmed by the exhibition, even though Balenciaga
is a big name and people expect much more, looking at it from a fashion student
perspective his entire collection was jaw dropping. His work is so inspiring
and you an easily take inspiration.There was a range of his clothes spanning his career and
were displayed thoughtfully. However, there was limited space, small area and
so crowded, had to wait to view the display and I couldn’t really spend a lot
of time to admire as other people were waiting to view. The second floor showed other designers who were influenced
by Balenciaga which was amazing. You can see how they have been inspired by his
work and the way they have taken inspiration and have created their own
interpretation. Unlike his fellow friends Dior and Chanel, Balenciaga had a
total mastery of every dressmaking process, from tailoring, cutting and sewing.
Balenciaga’s work also introduced hidden sculptural elements that has never
been seen on a dress design. However, the exhibition may be quite pricey for a small
exhibit but it is worth going to see, as soon as you go in you will wonder how
good it and understand why the exhibition is overpriced.