The cristobal balenciaga foundation has a unique collection by the brilliant fashion couturier. its size, its formal and chronological diversity include from the earliest to the most recent models by the genius from guipuzkoa.
All have been preserved to make a complete, coherent sample and to become an international reference.
• In 2000, the Founder-President of the Foundation, Hubert de Givenchy, donated the first part of his personal Balenciaga dress collection to the organization. Today, this donation contains a total of 109 dresses.
• On the 27th of March 2003, a contract with HRH Queen Fabiola of Belgium was signed, for the donation of her wedding dress. This dress was designed by Cristobal Balenciaga and is the flag ship of the Foundation's current collection.
• On the 9th of May 2003, the Royal House of Monaco donated four suits that Cristobal Balenciaga designed for Grace Kelly.
• On the 11th of November 2004, the first in a series of donation contracts was signed with Mrs. Bunny Mellon, one of Balenciaga ́s most important clients and wife of Paul Mellon, an important American philanthropist. The total donation has now reached 500 items.