Thirty-four years after the death of Cristobal Balenciaga, Paris, the capital of fashion, pays tribute to the great designer with the city's first complete overview of his work. Displayed chronologically and thematically under the artful direction of Benot Lalloz and contemporary artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, the 160-piece retrospective explores Balenciaga's contribution to fashion as both designer and creator of one of the industry's most revered luxury brands.
A native of Spain's Basque region, Balenciaga opened his first fashion house in San Sebastian at the age of 23. After settling in Paris in 1937 at the start of the Spanish Civil War, he quickly earned the title "King of Paris couture." Upon retiring to Spain in 1968, the Balenciaga brand lay dormant until acclaimed designer Nicolas Ghesquire assumed the artistic direction of the legendary house in 1997. Since then he has succeeded in reestablishing and perpetuating the visionary fashion that Balenciaga is prized for.