Reading list: ‘Balenciaga’

I always choose very carefully the fashion books I purchase online and only after thorough documentation. Viewing the cover, title and product description can easily mislead you and what you had thought it would be a great addition to your book collection might prove to lack content, photo quality and so on.

But I have no doubt about this one: Balenciaga, by Pierre Arizzoli-Clemental and Miren Arzalluz. I’ve read many reviews highly recommending it and I have the feeling it will beautifully complete the other Cristóbal Balenciaga book I own, Balenciaga and Spain, which I consider an art and fashion investment. This book was published last year to mark the long awaited inauguration of the Balenciaga Museum in Getaria, Guipuzcoa, Spain, which houses a permanent collection of over 100 pieces created by the master designer. If you’re planning a trip to Spain make sure to include a visit to the museum in the itinerary. The book includes illustrations of the entire collection exhibited, as well as research and analysis of the designer’s work. It may bring us a little closer to understand his ‘métier’, what he himself found so impossible to explain to others.

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photos: 2-6—a few of Balenciaga’s creations from the permanent collection at Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa


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