Haute couture techniques

Cristóbal Balenciaga’s work is characterised by experimentation and formal innovation based on the command of technique, on knowledge of the fabric, and on the evolutionary perfectioning which determined his work in a constant cycle of progression.

The course programme of Haute Couture techniques promoted by the Museum in recent years seeks to spread the values and, principally, the techniques of Cristóbal Balenciaga adapted to the context of today’s fashion. The programme takes the shape of theoretical-practical sessions with professionals highly qualified to transmit the Master’s technical legacy. These are intensive theoretical-practical sessions running in their entirety at the Museum and which completely immerse the participants in the Balenciaga universe. All accompanied by new formulas of online training adapted to today’s exceptional circumstances.  

This 2021 the course programme comes with a ramped-up raft of proposals. Hence, as a new feature, we propose different Haute Couture itineraries in the fields of tailoring and fantasy, as well as two levels of knowledge in these fields.

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Haute couture techniques

FANTASY ITINERARY: INITATION LEVEL

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This course proposes an approximation to the specific methods used in the fantasy ateliers at the Balenciaga House. The sessions will include demonstrations of the Maison sewing and ironing techniques; furthermore, aiming to convey these practical skills to the students, they will complete several exercises placing special emphasis on working with taffeta and lace fabric.

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Haute couture techniques

Fantasy itinerary: advanced level

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In an interest to promote excellence and greater technical knowledge in the professional fashion sector, the Museum presents the first advanced course in the specific methods used by workers at the Balenciaga Maison’s fantasy ateliers. 

The training – running for five days – will include demonstrations of his sewing and pressing techniques. Furthermore, to ensure that the participants achieve practical skills in these techniques, they will produce different parts of a dress. Specifically, making a strapless bodice finished with a ribbon cut on the bias, paying special attention to the structure of the inner corselette and all of the typical fastening and finishing techniques used in fantasy workrooms as well as the creation of ruffles, application of organzas, fine battings and fasteners.  

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Haute couture techniques

TAILORING ITINERARY: INITIATION LEVEL

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This course proposes an approximation to the specific methods used in the tailoring ateliers at the Balenciaga House. The sessions will include demonstrations of the maison sewing and ironing techniques; furthermore, aiming to convey these practical
skills to the students, they will complete several exercises placing special emphasis on working with wool fabric and on the steps required to produce a handmade collar and lapel.

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