Once deemed “the master of us all” by Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga left a legacy that remains unsurpassed in the world of fashion. Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion celebrates a century since the opening of the Spanish couturier’s first fashion house, offering insight into his genius. For the first time in the UK, over 100 of Balenciaga’s creations will go on display alongside X-rays that show the intricacy of his craft. Going beyond a retrospective, pieces from over 30 fashion designers such as Comme des Garçons, Céline and JW Anderson will also be presented to trace Balenciaga’s lingering influence on contemporary fashion.
From now 'til 18 February 2018, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Photo: Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Photograph by Hiro Wakabayashi for Harper's Bazaar, June 1967. © Hiro 1967, courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London