19 nov. 2010

Balenciaga, a Spaniard designer in New York and San Francisco. Grand opening... today ¡¡

This November, Queen Sofía Spanish Institute will present BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master, the first exhibition to consider the impact of Spain's culture, history and art on one of its greatest twentieth-century sons, the legendary designer Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972). Hailed as "Fashion's Picasso" by Cecil Beaton, Balenciaga's innovations transformed the way women dressed, from the opening of his Paris fashion house in 1937 until his retirement in 1968. His visionary designs and impeccable standards seduced generations of the best-dressed women in the world.
Following its inauguration by Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain, BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master will officially open to the public on November 19, 2010 and remain on view through February 19, 2011.

The exhibition was conceived by Oscar de la Renta, Chairman of the Institute's Board of Directors, who has worked closely with the exhibition team to develop and realize the show. Mr. de la Renta himself began his career in fashion working in Madrid at Eisa, one of the Spanish branches of Balenciaga's fashion empire.
Showcasing more than seventy items of Cristóbal Balenciaga clothing and accessories, BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between the House of Balenciaga in Paris and an American institution. Queen Sofia Spanish Institute is indebted to Balenciaga, which has opened up its Archives and whose immense generosity has enabled a unique loan of historically significant Cristóbal Balenciaga garments to the exhibition, in addition to access to the Archives' related materials and iconography.
Following its premiere at Queen Sofía Spanish Institute, the original exhibition will be expanded for presentation as Balenciaga and Spain at the de Young Museum in San Francisco from March 26 through July 4, 2011.

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