I will very soon be traveling to Spain on business. In honor of the occasion, I believe a touch of Balenciaga is in order. For those of you who are not in the know, as it were, the Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1975) was a remarkable visionary. While he was decidedly cosmopolitan in his outlook, he often added charming touches of his native Spain. Let’s take a peek, shall we?
Mantillas and matadors, anyone?
How about the spectacle of the Spanish court during the Hapsburgs?
And last, but decidedly not least, the innocent frills mixed with the opulence of Las Meninas…
Aren’t these designs to DIE for? Of course, you can enjoy even more extraordinary Balenciaga by acquiring Balenciaga and Spain, the catalog of the exhibit by the same name by Vogue’s own delightful Hamish Bowles. Just try not to drool on the pages, hmm?