In 2023, through the second in the curated exhibition series, ‘Balenciaga. Character’, the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum seeks to examine the great master’s work from a new, previously unexplored perspective, focusing on what makes ‘a Balenciaga’ so instantly recognisable.
Sculptural shapes that stand out from the body, with the waist, shoulders, or back as the focal point of the design, and surprising skill and ingenuity on the inside lining all mark the character of Balenciaga.
Technical expertise and a mastery of textiles are used to revolutionise the concept of feminine elegance, putting comfort and simplicity at the core.
The exhibition features items from the museum's collection that reflect these qualities and bring together some of the most distinctive and representative designs from one of the most influential Haute Couture houses of the 20th century.
Curated by Igor Uria, Collections Director at the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum, this show displays 90 articles spread over five rooms in which to appreciate silhouettes, volumes, fabrics and embroidery work, and to discover that interior world, often hidden, made possible by the cut, technique and finishes of haute couture.