Balenciaga: Master Of Couture At The McCord Museum45.5017° N, 73.5673° W
"Revered by his contemporaries and future fashion designers alike, Cristóbal Balenciaga represents the pinnacle of haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s"
The Balenciaga that most of the Internet world knows now is associated with chunky dad sneakers and oversized fits. But within the world of Haute Couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga, was and still is, considered one of the greatest fashion designers of the century. His work stood at the top of haute couture in the 1950s and 1960s.
His exquisite craftsmanship, pioneering use of fabrics and innovative cutting set the tone for the modernity of late 20th century fashion.
Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, a vast number of Balenciaga’s designs is on display at Montreal’s McCord museum. The exhibition showcases the designer’s lasting legacy and reveals his exceptional craftsmanship, designs, and skill.
“This exhibition delves into the techniques and actual making of how Cristóbal Balenciaga came to design his clothing,” explained Oriole Cullen, curator of the Victoria and Albert Museum of London.
Besides this being an exclusive North American premiere in Montreal, the city also has a long standing relationship with Balenciaga. In the 1960s, several of the city’s largest department stores, like Holt Renfrew, imported his designs. It was also during the Expo 67, where Balenciaga’s work was also featured in a Paris couture show.
The exhibition runs at the McCord Museum in Montreal from June 15 to Oct. 14.
Learn more about the exhibition here.
Words & Photography: Jon Carlo Tapia