V&A to stage Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition 2017

V&A to stage Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition 2017

Silk taffeta evening dress, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1954. Image Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is certainly one of my favourite museums in London – you can quite literally spent hours at the exhibitions and their attention to detail in each and every curated piece is so on point. And when it comes to curating their top fashion exhibits no detail is left unattended.

My personal favourite exhibit that I went to was the Savage Beauty exhibit that housed an ode to the infamous and sadly late Alexander McQueen. I was honestly just flabbergasted (the best word I can think of!) at the exhibit – there was something amazing around every corner and just being able to see his pieces in person was an honour. This was also one of the very few exhibitions where I actually bought the coffee table book of the exhibition after seeing it. You may also remember my review of their latest ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear which I went to a few months ago, it was not dedicated to one designer, however, was still an enjoyable walk around.

V&A to stage Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition 2017

Evening ensemble (reverse), designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1967 Image Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Well in 2017 they are intending to stage Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition – a retrospective showcasing the life and legacy of the very talented Cristóbal Balenciaga. He is considered by many one of the most influential and innovative creators of the last century and certainly one whose work I greatly admire.

The staging of the exhibition will also mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of his first fashion house in Spain. It will be one of the first major retrospectives of the Spanish Designer within the UK and have no doubt that it will be spectacular. What I am also looking forward to is seeing in detail the craftsmanship and skill that he possessed. Apparently, those who attend will also get to see never before seen sketches, photos and fabrics and over 100 garments and 20 hats made by him.

V&A to stage Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition 2017

Evening dress, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1962 Image Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The exhibit will take place from May 27 2017 to February 18 2018 and make sure you keep an eye on the V&A website for all the details. This is certainly one that I will be flying over to see!

On a complete sidenote… next year the V&A are also hosting Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic exhibition- which I may also be excited about 🙂  

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