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Inspiration Friday: Balenciaga & Spain

Ever wonder what inspires truly visionary fashion designers? Well, now’s your chance to find out! From now until July 4th, 2011 the  de Young Museum in San Francisco will be exhibiting  over 120 pieces of haute couture from the collection of the legendary Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972).

Once described by Cecil Beaton as “Fashion’s Picasso”, Balenciaga’s unique, but classic designs forever changed the direction of the fashion industry. This exhibit explores the impact that the Spanish culture, history and traditions had on the designer and his work.

Here’s a small sampling of what you’ll see at the show:

Balenciaga, Bolero jacket  winter 1946

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Fuchsia Silk Shantung & Black Lace Dress, Summer 1966

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Black Silk Gazar & Wool Evening Dress, 1951

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A cocktail ensemble with dress and cape from 1962

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Want to see more? Check out this You Tube video from Style Bistro:


I hope I’ve peaked your interest! The wonderful thing is that Balenciaga’s designs really are timeless. The gowns and jackets pictured above  look just as current and fashion forward today as they did when he first designed them.

To discover more about this exhibit please view the Museum’s press release which provides a complete summary of the event by clicking HERE.

If you’re planning on being in the San Francisco area and would like to purchase tickets to this truly remarkable event you can do so by visiting the de Young Museum’s website. Tickets are reasonably priced at just $25 adults, $22 seniors 65+, $21 students with current ID, $15 youth 6–17, and free for members and children 5 and under.

Unfortunately this is the only U.S. showing.

Can’t make it to San Francisco? No worries, from now until July 4th, 2011 you can watch the Balenciaga & Spain Symposium on Demand, for a chance to learn more about the exhibition, as well as the history of Balenciaga and his work. The cost is just $9.95 and they even provide you with a  preview so you’ll know exactly what to expect…

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