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Balenciaga retrospective being staged at London’s V&A

Balenciaga retrospective being staged at London’s V&A

A retrospective of the work of Cristobal Balenciaga will be staged in London next year (17).

Housed at The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will be the first exhibition dedicated to the famed Spanish couturier in the United Kingdom.

It will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the opening of his first fashion house in San Sebastian and 80 years since he opened the doors of his famous Paris salon.

The exhibition will examine in detail the craftsmanship and techniques that earned Balenciaga, who died in 1972, a reputation as one of the most pioneering designers of the 20th century. In particular, it will focus on his work from the 1950s and 1960s, a period of which many fashion historians consider to be the pinnacle of haute couture.

Around 100 beautiful garments and 20 hats will go on display, representing the work of Balenciaga and his followers, along with sketches, photographs, fabric samples and film that will be used to reveal details in their construction and making.

The V&A's collection will include many pieces that have not been seen before.

It follows the likes of previous fashion exhibitions presented at the V&A, including the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty spectacle which remains the museum's most-visited exhibition to date.

In the present day, Balenciaga has taken a radical new direction under the creative lead of Vetements head designer Demna Gvasalia, who most recently showcased a collection for the label at Paris Fashion Week which saw Spandex, latex trench coats and exaggerated shoulders thrill the fashion crowd.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will take place from 27 May (17) until 18 February (18).

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