V&A showcasing the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga in big retrospective exhibition.

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Vintage Balenciaga / Balenciaga SS17via dezeen.com / Courtesy of Balenciaga

The V&A will stage a fashion exhibition next year showcasing the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the museum has announced today, as part of its 2017 calendar.It is the first ever UK exhibition dedicated to the designer who Christian Dior called the “conductor to haute couture’s orchestra”.

The retrospective, entitled Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, will be the first exhibition dedicated to the famed Spanish designer in the UK, marking the 100th anniversary of the opening of his first fashion house and 80 years since he opened the doors of his famous Paris salon. Featuring around 100 garments and 20 hats crafted by the couturier and his followers – alongside sketches, photographs, film and fabric samples – it will examine in detail the craftsmanship and techniques that earned Balenciaga the reputation as one of the most pioneering designers of the 20th century and look at how his work impacted the future of fashion design.

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Model wearing Balenciaga orange coat as I. Magnin buyers inspect a dinner outfit in the background, Paris, 1954

Curator Cassie Davies-Strodder said: “Cristóbal Balenciaga was one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century. Revered by his contemporaries, including Coco Chanel and Hubert de Givenchy, his exquisite craftsmanship, pioneering use of fabric and innovative cutting set the tone for the modernity of the late 20th century fashion. The exhibition will show his lasting impact on fashion through the work of those who trained with him and through recent garments by designers including Molly Goddard, Demna Gvasalia and J.W. Anderson who reflect the legacy of his vision today.”

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will take place from May 27 2017 to February 18 2018.

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