Tuesday, September 18, 2012

re-viewing the master


even christian dior bowed to him by saying something in the likes of we do what we can, balenciaga does what he wants.

seeing some of his clothes, albeit none of the most well known ones, in person along with the mesmerizing videos accompanying some of the more dramatic pieces is quite the experience.
first the vids; they begin with a fashion sketch of the piece, then the pattern pieces are shown and finally those pattern pieces are animated in 3D to form the piece. the experience is akin to a mini course in cutting and  haute couture. you can really appreciate his mastery with cloth and the craftsmanship involved.
then having the opportunity to photograph the pieces, no flash of course, is another perk. with a tripod you can photograph the whole exhibit  with the 50 lux lighting provided.

balenciaga's clothes go beyond couture, they are full of historical references and art history references. it is a well known fact  he created many a piece inspired by  goya,velasquez and zurbaran and traditional spanish dresses- sad to see that the metropolitan museum of art still quotes him as being  french!!  you can see zurbaran in his long capes with volumes in the back and the  goya  majas in some black lace  dresess.

he was not only a visionary, but also the total designer  dominating the whole creative process from  conception to the final stages of the execution, sometimes even designing the fabrics himself.
it is interesting to note how his influence is still  present in the avant garde designers in  the cuts, the origami way of constructing  pieces, the volumes and  the decontextualised use of fabrics.

green dress coats silk

 the building itself is  beautiful restrained architecture full of construction winks to couture

tickets  entrance


the walls in the atrium are are a rendition of a silk brocade cut out in  metal sheeting. the background is blue and the shadows it creates give depth imitating velvet pile. one has to see it!

 i found  some hilarious details at the museum shop like these two:

barbies  costurerita

clothes for barbie and threads for seamstresses.

any show ends up with the bride, so here it goes:

the bride

a gorgeous,yet understated bridal gown in cotton eyelet.not your regular merengue tart bridal gown at all.

more of my  photos here
and the v&a collection here

neki desu
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  1. What a fabulous designer! You've 'done him proud' in this post.

  2. Wow, questo museo è assolutamente da visitare.
    Quando dici 'merengue tart' intendi 'tarte'...o proprio 'tart'?!? (scherzo, naturalmente)


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