Cristóbal Balenciaga at work, 1968, Paris, France. Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos




This exhibition examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.

Cristóbal Balenciaga is a legendary figure in the history of 20th century fashion. In the 1950s and 60s he dressed some of the most renowned women of the time and introduced revolutionary shapes, still in vogue today.

Take a forensic look at some of his most iconic garments and discover his continuing influence on fashion.On now until Sunday, 18 February 2018

Alberta Tiburzi in ‘envelope’ dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Photograph by Hiro Wakabayashi for Harper’s Bazaar, June 1967. © Hiro 1967 




X-ray photograph of silk taffeta evening dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga, 1955, Paris, France. X-ray by Nick Veasey, 2016. © Nick Veasey



Elise Daniels with street performers, suit by Balenciaga, Le Marais, Paris, August 1948. Photograph by Richard Avedon. © The Richard Avedon Foundation



Oscar de la Renta, Spring Summer 2015 ready-to-wear, look 37. ©

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