Cristóbal Balenciaga. Fashion and Heritage. Contexts

Fashion and Heritage mantain a pardoxical dialogue that contrast the ephemeral with the permanent. 
This dialogue is embodied by Cristóbal Balenciaga. 

In 2018, the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum began this curatorial series in order to explore, by means of a chronological and evolutionary discourse of the work by the couturier from Getaria, the process due to which what was in its day a simple item of clothing is today part of a Museum collection.

Contexts, in this new instalment, prompts us to seek out the common places between history and fashion, the spaces behind the curtain, where everything’s done, the hows before the whys, and the formal parallelisms between the then of haute couture and the now of the museum work.  

Fashion and Heritage transform, with this new edition, to become a series. A work in progress, just like the Museum collection where the exhibition discourse grows, including the contributions of new research, new materials and new contents. An open, and living, proposal that progresses with new layers of knowledge and the possibilities of their exploration offered by new technologies.

The exhibition will occupy six rooms, some 1000m2 of the Museum space, from March 1, 2019 until January 12, 2020, and will contain 80 pieces of clothing which, in the main, have never been exhibited before. These are new additions to the Museum collection, deposits and loans and private collections.  Technology will continue its presence in this exhibition, enabling an interactive process thanks to digital transformations which allow us to observe the detail (megapixel) of a piece, view it in 360º, study infographics on its technical construction. 

The exhibition discourse and the selection of pieces that accompany it, as well as the spatial conceptualisation and its design, are the result of collaboration between the Museum team and eminent fashion curator Judith Clark, continuing the work carried out in 2018 with the start of this series.