Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Gift of Estate of Ann E. Woodward, 1987
Not on view
Of all twentieth-century designers, said Chanel, the only one who could create a garment from beginning to end was Balenciaga. His comprehensive mastery is indicated in understanding of fabric and in his awareness that a wide wedge-shaped coat could become in final appearance a cinched silhouette, playing with grain and incorporating ease.
Marking: [label] "Balenciaga/ 10 Avenue Georges V. Paris"