Cristóbal Balenciaga: 7 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Evening dress Evening dress (1954) by Cristóbal BalenciagaThe Victoria and Albert Museum

'Throughout the 1950s Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) designed a series of extravagant and inventive evening dresses (mainly in fine silk taffeta) that were based on immense drapes and flounces.'

Evening dress and jacket by Balenciaga (1954) by Cristobal BalenciagaPowerhouse Museum

'Evening dress and jacket, womens, silk, designed by Cristobal Balenciaga, Paris, France, 1954 Evening ensemble consisting of a black silk dress and matching jacket.'

Evening Dress (1956) by Charles James (British, b.1906, d.1978)Cincinnati Art Museum

'Cristóbal Balenciaga called James "the world's best and only dressmaker," and Christian Dior credited him with inspiring his revolutionary "New Look" collection.'

Evening gown in grey-silver silk taffeta (1950/1959) by Cristóbal BalenciagaMuseum of the City of New York

'Attributed to Cristobal Balenciaga.'

Hat with black ostrich feathers Hat with black ostrich feathers (1955/1960) by Cristóbal BalenciagaThe Victoria and Albert Museum

'The Spanish-born couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) had set up in business there in 1937 in partnership with the hat designer Vladzio d'Attainville.'

Cream Spiral Hat, silk Cream Spiral Hat, silk (1962) by Cristóbal BalenciagaThe Victoria and Albert Museum

'This hat is a perfect example of the dramatic yet minimal sculptural shapes for which the Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga was known. Balenciaga established his eponymous couture house in Paris in 1937 but he already ran three couture houses in Spain under the name of Eisa.'

Opera Coat (Circa 1960) by Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, b.1895, d.1972)Cincinnati Art Museum

'Working with the Swiss fabric house, Abraham, he developed a heavily sized silk called gazar, a fabric with weight and body that allowed for such sculptural possibilities. This opera coat, designed in the latter years of Balenciaga's career, is constructed of his signature gazar silk.'

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