Balenciaga and Spain

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Balenciaga and Spain:

  • Exploring the profound and enduring influence of Balenciaga's native country on his work. this book considers the influences of Spain's greatest artists.
  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages

Measurements: 10" x 12¾"

Care: Wipe with a dry cloth

Published: March 29, 2011

Official book description:

This unprecedented volume accompanies the first exhibition to consider the impact of Spain's culture, history, and art on one of its greatest designers of the twentieth century, the legendary Balenciaga. Hailed as "Fashion's Picasso" by Cecil Beaton, Cristobel Balenciaga (1895-1972) created an innovative oeuvre that transformed the way women dressed. From the opening of his Paris fashion house in 1937 until his retirement in 1968. Balenciaga's visionary, ever evolving designs and impeccable standards seduced generations of the most iconic, best dressed women in the world, including the Duchess of Windsor, Gloria Guinness, Pauline de Rothschild, Mona Bismarck, Princess Grace of Monac, Doris Duke, Diana Vreeland, and Queen Fabiola of Belgiu. For Diana Vreeland, the designer's "inspiration came from the bullrings, the flamenco dancers, the loose blouses the fishermen wea the cool of the cloisters." Exploring the profound and enduring influence of Balenciaga's native country on his work, this book considers the influences of Spain's greatest artistsm, from Zurbaran, Velazquez, and Goya to Picasso and Miro. It also investigates the impact of Spain's religious dress and ceremony, its royal history, its rich regional costume, its dance traditions, and the power and splendor of the bullfight on the protean Balenciaga's designs. This illuminating and lavishly illustrated volume will be a must-have for art and fashion connoisseurs.

Material: Hardcover

Care: Wipe with a dry cloth

Brand: Random House

Origin: Germany

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