From last 19th of November till the 19th of February 2011, The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York is showing the first exhibition to consider the impact of Spain’s culture, history and art on one of its greatests twentieth-century sons, the legendary designer Cristobal 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.
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Cristobal Balenciaga circa 1952. © Bettmann
Circa 1952. Chateau de Versailles. France. © Condé Nast Archive
Helen Bennet wears long-sleeved black woold crepe dress with a wide draped belt designed by Balenciaga and a turban made of silk printed in a “Persian” motif, with trailing scarf and dark gloves.
Circa 1938 . Photography: Horst P. Horst © Condé Nast Archive
Balenciaga Sleeves in satin circa 1953. Photography: John Rawlings © Condé Nast Archive