Well...... Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre (January 21, 1895 – March 23, 1972) was a Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house. He was one of the top names in the 1950's and 60's fashion eras, and achieved acclaim with the New Look in 1947 alongside Christian Dior.
Dior said of Balenciaga:
"Haute couture is like an orchestra, for which only Balenciaga is the conductor. The rest of us are just the players."
I am sooooooo looking forward to the Balenciaga exhibition at the V & A starting in about 6 weeks, one reason being that there will be X raysof some of the garments! AND toiles, AND patterns....
I know that most people won't be as excited as I am (!), but the reason is that it's the closest I'll ever get to being in the studio when these were first being designed / created, in the ultra stylish 50s / 60's.
There is ultra stylish designing going on right now of course, but there's something about this era, that I love - the sculptural shapes, the simplicity, fab use of fabrics and 'underpinnings' to get those shapes, and such a variety of fabrics that aren't available everywhere now....mainly due to cost.
But I do have an account with one of the best suppliers of all fabrics luxurious, exotic, wild and wonderful, and even if I don't ever get a client who's as fabric crazy as me, at least I know that I CAN get them if I wanted / needed them.
On a related topic, any ancient fashionistas (like me!) remember a fabric shop called Rubans de Paris, in London's west end? That was a treasure trove...
I blame my Mama for trailing me around fabric shops when I was a kid, for my love of such now, but thank you Mum, for the love, AND the music.....but that's another story.
Speak soon, and if you want something beautiful and seriously different to be married in, (or for any other special occasion), please contact me here: http://www.bobbiesroom.co.uk, and if you'd like to learn how to create patterns for things of beauty to fit perfectly, please look here for classes and courses.