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Thursday, April 16, 2009

The World of Balenciaga March 23 - June 30, 1973

Just arrived in is a rare 1973 exhibition book, 'The World of Balenciaga'. The exhibition was curated by former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. An Exhibition Presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art Under the Auspices of The Government of Spain. March 23 - June 30, 1973.

Balenciaga was born in Guetaria, Spain, and many of his couture designs were inspired by a distinctly Spanish style, from his bullfighter "bolero" jackets to his use of madros, an ornamental trim of tassels, to his Goyaesque shapes and colors. The master couturier was responsible for the creation of the sack dress, the cocoon coat and the balloon skirt.

The book is available here:
http://paperpursuits.com/book_detail.cfm?ptype=Book&pid=8822

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