Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Gift of Lisa and Jody Greene, in memory of their loving mother, Mrs. Ethel S. Greene, 1958
Not on view
Keenly historicist, Balenciaga invented a fantasy of eighteenth-century court dress, knowing that Marie-Antoinette favored overdresses with swags anchored by roses. Sustained by wide panniers also appropriated from eighteenth-century fashion, Balenciaga renewed the Rococo rose for the 1940s and 1950s.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: [label] "Balenciaga/10 Avenue George V/Paris"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bloom: Fashion's Spring Gardens," March 30, 1995–August 20, 1995.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ceaseless Century," September 9, 1998–November 29, 1998.