Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris
April 13 - October 7, 2012
34 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

As a tribute to the master of fashion, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) and to mark the fortieth anniversary of his death, The Galleria Museum is presenting a fashion collection assemble with passion by the couturier and generously donated do the museum by his family.

Stays and casaquins, satin torero costumes, velvet boleros, capes and mantelets, bustle dresses, cashmere stoles, lace mantillas, samples of embroidery and trimming, etc. All these items, many lavish, some plain, figure in jumbled profusion in this collection spanning the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

More than seventy costumes and items of clothing are displayed alongside some forty haute couture coats and dresses designed by Balenciaga from 1937 to 1968, taken from the Galleriea’s collection or on loan from Maison Balenciaga. Accessories, photograph and sketches as well as books on art and costumes complete this exhibit which testifies in equal measure to the designer’s passion for history and his consummate skill at a trade first learnt at his mother’s knee.