Balenciaga at the V&A

Balenciaga is a Spanish fashion designer who emerged in the 1930s. This new exhibition at the V&A shows Balenciaga’s progression in fashions as well as how other people have been inspired by his designs.

His designs can be seen to be very classic with a modern twist. This can be seen in the dress below which utilises a unique silhouette but uses classic materials.

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Balenciaga also uses inspiration from Spanish fashion. In the dress below you can see that Balenciaga has taken inspiration from a traditional Spanish design and took a modern twist by shortening the skirt length and by using the same ribbon used in a Mántilla hair accessory. IMG_2700

The exhibition also displays x-rays of several of Balenciaga’s dresses which show how the dresses were constructed.

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There are many other designers who are inspired by Balenciaga. For example, Molly Goddard has taken inspiration from the black dress above by using similar materials and silhouette.

IMG_2710.jpg Drop by the exhibition before it finishes as it is beautifully put together with Balenciaga’s old designs as well as seeing how he has inspired fashion today.

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