The Spanish designer created the silhouette that became popular in the late 1950s: a boxy shape with broad shoulders, just one example of the designer’s massively influential contribution to fashion. The fashion house was also known for their bubble skirts, tunic dresses, balloon jackets and Empire line dresses. Balenciaga was innovative in their use of heavier fabrics to create the fashion house’s bold silhouettes. Today, the fashion house has gained a new creative director, Demna Gvasalia – also the head designer at Vetements – who is injecting his twist into the brand classic codes, as seen at their show at Paris Fashion Week.
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will be at the V&A, London from May 27th 2017–February 18th 2018.
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