This is by far one of the most valuable books I own. Balenciaga and Spain is an art album, a journey through the masterful work of the greatest couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and through the history and culture of Spain, which have never ceased to inspire him. My deepest admiration for the people who worked on this book, for all the thoroughly research and detailed description and guidance through the designs of this master of his métier. The fascination of Balenciaga for fashion, for designing, cutting and sewing the fabric into perfect tailoring, for making women look extraordinary, but comfortable in his clothes, his never fading interest in experimenting with structure and form deserve their passion.
“Balenciaga was the true son of a strong country filled with style, vibrant color, and a fine history. He remained forever a Spaniard…his inspiration came from the bullrings, the flamenco dancers, the fishermen in their boots and loose blouses, the glories of the church and the cool of the cloisters and monasteries. He took their colors, their cuts, then festooned them to his own taste.” Diana Vreeland
photos: by me from the book Balenciaga and Spain