BALENCIAGA SHAPING FASHION EXHIBITION

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I've been to the V&A Museum a few times (usually tagging along with my mum) but this time I set out on my own since there is currently a fashion exhibit on the life and work of Cristobal Balenciaga. High fashion, especially the history, is not something I blog about really. In fact, not something I know a whole lot about! My personal style and fashion seems so disconnected from the couture designs a hundred years ago, but from an artistic point of view, it is really interesting to learn about how the shape of women's fashion changed with the culture. In reality, every single item of clothing we wear has been influenced by the famous fashion designers of the past.

The Balenciaga designs that I was aware of before visiting the museum was fairly limited to the popular and amazing 'knife' boots which came about where athleisure meets a more elegant form style - one of the key inspirations for the sock boots on high street right now. Then, there's the little triangle bag which I've spotted on a few street style OOTD's. The main feature being the interesting shape, which links very well to the theme of the exhibition. Last year, I admired the catwalk look of the off the shoulder red puffa jacket, and lot's of fashion bloggers and style icons (cough Kim Kardashian cough) have been wearing their jackets falling down their shoulders in recognition of this trend. Turns out it comes from Balenciaga's early coats with open neck-lines. 


The beginning of the exhibition gave an insight into the early life of the designer who grew up in Spain before he opened his fashion house in Paris. What I found most interesting was that he did not sketch like other designers, but preferred to create. He began with the fabric and actually made the designs - Coco Chanel said Balenciaga was 'the only true couturier among us', since others just 'design'. He worked in 3D, which his why the shapes were so important. 


His work with the female silhouette was siginificant - in the late 50s he predicted the popularity of the shift dress when he designed the 'Sack' dress which completely hid the waist - the complete opposite of typical western beauty. It all still seems modern today. 


There was a large portion of work by other designers, who have been inspired by Balenciaga, such as this by Comme des Garcons. 

I'd definitely recommend this exhibition - if you have an interest in fashion it's a really interesting and different day out! Student tickets are £10 too! 




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  1. This is so interesting! I love the V&A Museum

    Sophie xx // One Unique

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  2. This place has the most perfect environment, great food, tasty wings, lots of good beer, but best of all - probably the best wait staff in all of country. Visited the venue NYC last month again, had another great time.

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