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Balenciaga and Spain

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Balenciaga and Spain, by By Hamish Bowles (Skira Rizzoli)

By Hamish Bowles

Hailed as "Fashion’s Picasso" by Cecil Beaton, Cristóbal Balenciaga created an innovative oeuvre that transformed the way women dressed. From the opening of his Paris fashion house in 1937 until his retirement in 1968, Balenciaga’s visionary, ever-evolving designs and impeccable standards seduced generations of the most iconic, best-dressed women in the world.

Exploring the profound and enduring influence of Balenciaga’s native country on his work, this book considers the influences of Spain’s greatest artists, from Zurbarán, Velázquez, and Goya to Picasso and Miró. It also investigates the impact of Spain’s religious dress and ceremony, its royal history, its rich regional costume, its dance traditions, and the power and splendor of the bullfight on the protean Balenciaga’s designs. (Skira Rizzoli)

Available at Books & Books, Bal Harbour

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