Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

The V&A has announced its next major fashion exhibition and we cannot wait

balenciaga expo.jpg

The Victoria and Albert museum has announced that it will stage a major exhibition showcasing the work of Spanish courturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga, in 2017.



The exhibition will be the first in the UK dedicated to the iconic designer, who is considered one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. It is timed to mark the centenary of his first fashion house in San Sebastien, Spain, as well as 80 years since he opened his famous Paris salon in 1937.

red

Silk taffeta evening dress, designed by Cristobal Balenciaga, 1954

Entitled Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, the retrospective will display around 100 garments and 20 hats designed by Balenciaga himself, as well as those designed by his successors at the design house. The display will also include fabric samples, toiles and films which will provide visitors with an insight into the craftsmanship behind the designs. Many of the pieces have never been seen by the public before.

Known for his technical skills and innovative bubble-shaped silhouettes of the late 1950s and 1960s, Balenciaga’s designs were considered ultra-modern yet feminine and were revered by many.

floral

Embroidered wild silk evening dress, designed by Cristobal Balenciaga, 1962

The exhibition comes just as the fashion house is under the radical new creative directorship of Vetements head designer, Demma Gvasalia, whose recent collection focused on the use of Spandex and latex.



Past Balenciaga creative directors include sportswear designer, Alexander Wang, who was at the house for three years and current Louis Vuitton CD, Nicolas Ghesquière.

cape

Evening ensemble, designed by Cristobal Balenciaga, 1967

The display follows the previous Alexander McQueen display, Savage Beauty, which is the museum’s most-visited exhibition ever.

'Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion' will take place at the V&A museum from May 27, 2017 to February 18, 2018

Related

MAC-COMPOSITE.jpg

MAC’s new Nutcracker-inspired make-up collection is truly magical

6906895-1-blue.jpg

Wah London and Asos have brought out a Princess Diana range

rexfeatures_379574i.jpg

Carrie Bradshaw’s 10 best fashion moments from Sex And The City

Comments

More

Almost half of women won't enter a shop unless there's a sale on

We can relate to that

by Sarah Biddlecombe
28 Mar 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

28 Mar 2017

How millennial pink is redefining femininity

Why the world can't get enough of this new shade

by Harriet Hall
24 Mar 2017

Topshop's full bridal collection revealed (and dresses start at £350)

From vintage-inspired designs to elegant beaded gowns

by Nicola Colyer
24 Mar 2017

This Mango t-shirt is taking over your Instagram feeds

Instagram’s fashionistas are obsessed with this £17.99 top

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Mar 2017

The internet has lost its collective mind over these designer shoes

“Um… what? Is this serious?”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Mar 2017

Return of the corset: how to wear spring’s biggest accessory trend

Why everyone is getting waisted this season.

by Hayley Spencer
22 Mar 2017

10 fitness brands using sports tech to boost your workout

Exercise gear with extras

by The Stylist web team
21 Mar 2017

Dorothy Perkins is launching its own range of wedding dresses

And they all cost under £175

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Mar 2017

Get ready: that viral coat from Zara is back in stock

And it's available in different colours

by Sarah Biddlecombe
17 Mar 2017