Event: BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master

Friday, November 19, 2010 - Saturday, February 19, 2011

Balenciaga evening ensemble, 1967. Courtesy Balenciaga Archives, Paris

Balenciaga evening dress 1964, Courtesy of Balenciaga Archives, Paris

Balenciaga flamenco inspired evening dress, 1951. Henry Clarke/Vogue. Copyright Conde Nast

Queen Sofía Spanish Institute is proud to present BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master, the first exhibition to consider the impact of Spain's culture, history and art on one of its greatest twentieth-century sons, the legendary designer Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972). Hailed as "Fashion's Picasso" by Cecil Beaton, Balenciaga's innovations transformed the way women dressed, from the opening of his Paris fashion house in 1937 until his retirement in 1968. His visionary designs and impeccable standards seduced generations of the best-dressed women in the world.

The exhibition was conceived by Oscar de la Renta, Chairman of the Institute's Board of Directors, who has worked closely with the exhibition team to develop and realize the show. Mr. de la Renta himself began his career in fashion working in Madrid at Eisa, one of the Spanish branches of Balenciaga's fashion empire.

Showcasing more than seventy items of Cristóbal Balenciaga clothing and accessories, BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between the House of Balenciaga in Paris and an American institution. Queen Sofia Spanish Institute is indebted to Balenciaga, which has opened up its Archives and whose immense generosity has enabled a unique loan of historically significant Cristóbal Balenciaga garments to the exhibition, in addition to access to the Archives' related materials and iconography.

The pieces will consist of garments commissioned and worn by some of the twentieth century's most iconic taste-making women - Pauline de Rothschild, Mona Bismarck, Thelma Chrysler Foy, Doris Duke, and Claudia Heard de Osborne among them.

The exhibition curator is Hamish Bowles, Vogue's European Editor at Large.

Queen Sofía Spanish Institute
684 Park Avenue
Gallery Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 10am - 6pm
Fri: 10am-8pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
$15 for adults or $10 for students, seniors, and Institute members
Timed tickets are available, please call 212.628.0420 to reserve