Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Victoria and Albert Museum
Until August 18
One hundred years ago, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895 – 1972) opened his first fashion house in San Sebastian, Spain. An exhibition at the V&A is celebrating this centenary, and examining the continued influence left by Balenciaga on the fashions of today.
Dovima with Sacha, cloche and suit by Balenciaga, Café des Deux Magots, Paris, 1955. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation
Exhibition “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion” is lending its focus to the latter part of Balenciaga’s career. The 1950s and 1960s are said to be the courtier’s most creative years.

During this time; Balenciaga revolutionised the fashion world - creating pieces such as the tunic, the shift dress and the ‘baby doll’. Unsurprisingly he went on to design for some of the most renowned women of the time.

Exhibition highlights include sketches, patterns, catwalk footage and ensembles created for Hollywood actress Ava Gardener and fashion icon Gloria Guinness.

“Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion” is accompanied by a new V&A publication and a series of related events, courses and creative workshops.


Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
South Kensington
Opening hours:
Daily: 10am-5:45pm; Fridays: 10am-10pm
Entry fee:
Adult:£12, Senior Citizens: £11, 12 - 17 year old: £10, under 12's: Free
June 13 - August 18


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