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Balenciaga: 'the master' of couture's sculptural garments - in pictures

Posted On: Aug 19, 2019   |   Posted By: The Guardian

The work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, one of the 20th century's most revered fashion designers, is on display at Bendigo Art Gallery. The Shaping Fashion exhibition, curated by London's Victoria & Albert Museum, explores the legacy of the Spanish couturier and his pioneering use of fabrics which revolutionised the silhouette. The exhibition features more than 100 garments and hats by the designer and sit alongside archival sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage. Balenciaga's pieces - characterised by their sculptural quality, deft manipulation of textiles and dramatic use of colour and texture - were revered by his contemporaries, including Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, and continue to inspire fashion designers today. • Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is on at the Bendigo Art Gallery until 10 November 2019

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