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London to host Balenciaga centennial exhibition

The year 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of Cristobal Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian, Spain.

Reporter: Cecilia Peruzzi | Sub-Editor: James Brookes

Balenciaga SS 17 | Elle UK
Balenciaga SS 17 | (Elle UK)

With his first salon in Paris opening in 1937, his bubble skirts and feminine cuts went on to become a staple in every woman’s closet.

Next May, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum will be giving the Spanish designer his due, showcasing some of his best creations.The Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition plans to show how the designer’s skill, craftsmanship and creativity helped change fashion forever.

The V&A will host a collection of 100 garments and 20 hats, combined with sketches, photographs and fabric samples. And, while most of the exhibition is likely to be from past couture shows, the museum has hinted that some might be never-seen-before items.

Balenciaga Evening Dress | Metropolitan Museum of Art
Balenciaga Evening Dress | (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia took to the helm of the fashion house as its creative director in 2015, after Alexander Wang decided to part ways to concentrate on his own designs. Formerly of Louis Vuitton and Maison Martin Margiela. Gvasalia has worked to take the brand in a new direction, fusing the house’s traditional codes and rules with his own outlook on contemporary fashion.

Next year’s exhibition marks yet another foray into the world of fashion for the V&A, fresh of the back of the 2015 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty showcase. It remains the museum’s most visited exhibition to date.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will open on May 27th 2017 until February 18th 2018 at the V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL.

Balenciaga 1974 Evening Dress | Victoria & Albert Museum
Balenciaga 1974 Evening Dress | (Victoria & Albert Museum)