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Tailored Suits - Cristóbal Balenciaga

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Cristóbal Balenciaga was regarded by many, including Christian Dior, as 'the master'. He moved to Paris from Spain in 1937 and quickly established himself as a dominant figure within Parisian couture. The house produced 356 designs per year - less than half of Dior's production of 815, which was a mark of Balenciaga's exacting standards. He was renowned in the trade for inspecting and resetting sleeves that were not perfect - even after the garment had been shown in a collection or was being worn by a client.

From 1947 onwards Balenciaga offered two styles of suit: the first fitted and in line with the hour-glass shape of Dior’s New Look, the second semi-fitted or loose.

Christian Dior once commented upon seeing a Balenciaga suit, 'Only Balenciaga would be capable of producing such perfection'.

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Suit (tailleur) 2

Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972)

Paris

1951 autumn/winter

Tweed lined with taffeta and silk (the skirt shortened)

Worn by Martita Hunt and given by Miss Catherine Hunt

Museum no. T.128&A-1970


Suit by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris 1951 autumn/winter. Museum no. T.128&A-1970 Info. View full image

Suit by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris 1951 autumn/winter. Museum no. T.128&A-1970


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