Are you in Paris and out of ideas?
Only for a few more days (March 8th to July 16th 2017) one can enjoy over a hundred of pieces from the archives and up-to-today collections of Maison Balenciaga that are being exhibited at the Musée Bourdelle as a tribute to Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895 – 1972).
This very exhibition is the first in a trio of the Palais Galliera’s Spanish season – a continuity of Spanish-themed exhibitions – and will be followed by ‘Costumes espagnols entre ombre et lumière’ (‘Spanish costumes from dark to bright’) at the Maison de Victor Hugo (June 21st – September 24th 2017) and ‘Mariano Fortuny’ back at the Palais Galliera (October 4th – January 7th 2018).
L’Oeuvre au Noir is a “family gathering” among various of Balenciaga’s designs and will also be featured in “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion”, which opens on May 27th at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London.
Besides the luxurious textiles and the avant garde signature of the designer, something that can’t go unnoticed is how the exhibits are visibly inspired by the Spanish traditions and how they are all of Balenciaga’s favorite color; black. “The couturier of couturiers”, as he is often called, considered black a great challenge.
Véronique Belloir – director of haute couture collections at the Palais Galliera – explains that the idea of exhibiting exclusively designs in black came from a visit to Madrid. “We realized that we could really spotlight creation, shape, volume, and construction because we weren’t distracted by color,” she said, as Vogue writes. “We think that he did this because with black you realize immediately whether the proportions are right”.
The show is held at Musée Bourdelle, from Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 6pm) and has a full rate 10€ (reduced rate 7€, free under 18).
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