“Balenciaga: L’Oeuvre au Noir” Exhibition in Paris

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100 years ago Cristóbal Balenciaga founded his fashion house in Spain and to celebrate this anniversary The Palais Galliera presents an exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle entitled “Balenciaga, L’oeuvre au Noir”.

From March 8th to July 16th 2017 the public can explore Balenciaga history and style, discovering the background of his creations based on Spanish culture and traditions through 100 designs taken from Galliera’s own archives and some drawings from the house of Balenciaga.

The exhibition revolves all around black, that embodies Cristóbal Balenciaga favorite color because this shade gave to the couturier the chance to focus on volumes and lines and to play with textures and fabrics without getting distracted by the color.

About “Balenciaga: L’Oeuvre au Noir” exhibition, the haute couture curator at Galliera and the exhibition’s curator Veronique Belloir declared:

L’Oeuvre au Noir was inspired by a visit to Madrid’s Museo del Traje (Costume Museum) by Olivier Saillard (director of the Palais Galliera) Rediscovering the rich role of black in traditional costumes on the trip, Saillard realized how important black is in Spanish culture. So the idea to present Balenciaga through the prism of black came about naturally.”

For this exhibition, we scrutinized the garments with – a first for the atelier – the aid of a dress designer to better understand the structure and the attention paid to each piece: the cut, ironing, assembly, finishing touches, lining. To re-examine Balenciaga’s work, without being distracted by the colour, allowed us to look at the essentials but also to enter into the subtleties of materials and their implementation”.

All images by:  Palais Galliera

Fashion Fanzone 2017