What a delightful gift, even though it reminded me that I missed the exhibit's tour in New York over the winter at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute. Earlier this week, when I brought out the journal to take some notes on measurements, I was so delighted to be complimented on my little treasure. Hey, it's the only piece of Balenciaga I own!
Cristóbal Balenciaga was the essential haute couture master. In fact, he never created a ready to wear collection. His works in the fashion industry made a significant social impact on Europe and the Americas, translating Spanish culture, history, and traditions through his art.
Balenciaga's innovative silhouettes & vibrant interpretations completely transformed the way women dressed. His obsessive craftsmanship was epic; if he was unsatisfied with his work, Balenciaga would literally tear it apart. His works were born in his Paris fashion house in 1937, created there until his retirement in 1968, but forever remained Spanish. I'm inspired... how about you?