Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

This summer, the V&A is host to what is described as ‘the fashion exhibition of the year’ (The Telegraph)-  Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. The V&A has, in the past, produced some crowd pulling fashion spectacles and this exhibit is no exception. It may not quite be the breath-taking and overwhelming scale of  Savage Beauty (Alexander McQueen) in 2015, but is well worth a visit for all fashion enthusiasts in the capital.

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Reasons to go:

  • Emphasis is on craftsmanship. Unlike many museum exhibits of renown designers, this one provides viewers with a real insight into the design and construction process with x-rays of the dresses, drawings, fabric swatches and even short animations explaining how the pattern would look in order to create the garment.


  • The personal storyline. Throughout the exhibition the garments are intertwined with letters from clients and original drawings – a real treat for those interested in the storyline behind Balenciaga’s famous clients.


  • You can dress up! This exhibit provides grown up friendly interactive sections. You can try to figure out and try on a replica of one of Balenciaga’s classic pieces.


  • It’s not just about Balenciaga. In fact, this exhibit provided a room full of a variety of different designers’ work – those inspired by the famous fashion designer, providing visitors with a sense of his influence.

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