Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Benjamin R. Kittredge, 1973
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 964
Spanish-born Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) ranks among the leading couturiers of the twentieth century. The Balenciaga garments and accessories in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum serve as a catalogue of the designer's most distinctive work, from his toreador-like beaded boleros to his precisely tailored suits, from sack-backed day dresses to artful millinery creations. The range of dates of the objects identified as highlights of the collection represent the prime years of Balenciaga's oeuvre, from the late 1940s to the mid 1960s. The garments in the Brooklyn Museum collection illustrate Balenciaga's design evolution over the course of his career, a process that allowed new shapes to emerge without rendering his previous work obsolete.
Marking: Label: "Balenciaga/10, Avenue George V. Paris/Model 87247"
Artist: House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937)Date: spring/summer 2008Medium: (a, b) silk (exterior fabric and lining); polyamide and elastane (interior fabric)Accession: 2015.738a, bOn view in:Not on view