The ever-changing nature of Balenciaga

I'm someone who can appreciate the legacy of the past and things we have in the present. Upon my return to London I was eager to visit one of the most anticipated exhibitions in the fashion world today - the one that celebrates the life and work of Monsieur Balenciaga. So it was a pretty natural choice for me to spend my rainy, very Londony morning in the Victoria and Albert museum exploring the world of this mysterious couturier.

There's no "wrong" or "right" shape for his creations nor there was any kind of limit to his imagination. Cristobal Balenciaga (perhaps the most famous/successful Spanish couturier to date) never liked to abide by the rules set by the society. He seemed to admire the black color and was all about details and unusual shapes. His work speaks for himself - its chic. Its extremely elegant and aggressive, detailed and luxurious.

The rebellious spirit of the master inspired generations of young creative individuals among whom were Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake (last two images). It is fascinating how even long after the death of the designer his brand still lives on under the creative vision of Demna Gvasalia, completely reinventing the forms and modifying the DNA of the brand, once again staying true to the spirit of the House of Balenciaga. 


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