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Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion (hardback)

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Haute Couture is like an orchestra, whose conductor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives. 

– Christian Dior

 

 

Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) remains one of the most revered and enigmatic fashion designers. Here, breathtaking illustrations reveal why he is renowned for exceptional tailoring, sculptural shapes, deft manipulation of textiles, and a dramatic use of color.

His glamorous clientele included Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, Pauline de Rothschild, Ava Gardner, and Marlene Dietrich; many of his clients dressed almost exclusively in his designs, which were celebrated for being both easy to wear and tailored to flatter any figure. Even today, Balenciaga’s name remains synonymous with quality.
 


This fully revised and extended edition of Balenciaga offers a thorough examination of the Spanish-born couturier’s designs and business practice, and places him firmly in the context of the time, looking at the country in which he learned his trade and the international fashion scene in which he matured and triumphed. His perfectionism, effortless, iconic style, and the wearability of his clothes continue to influence designers today.

 

Illustrated with archival images as well as stunning new photography, this book explores Balenciaga’s legacy in fascinating detail.

Author/Artist/Designer

Lesley Ellis Miller

Pages

192 pages

Dimensions

22.2 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm

ISBN

9781851779031

Product code

148507

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About the author

Lesley Ellis Miller

Lesley Ellis Miller is senior curator of Textiles and Fashion (before 1800) at the V&A, and professor in Dress and Textile History at the University of Glasgow. She is the lead curator for the refurbishment of the V&A’s galleries ‘Europe 1600 – 1815’. She is an authority on the silk industry, on which she has written extensively.