"The Experience of Luxury"

Exhibition Design, Cristobal Balenciaga Museum Getaria / Spain / 2015

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Cristóbal Balenciaga is unanimously regarded as one of the leading and most influential couturiers of the 20th century. A tireless perfectionist, he acquired an expert command of sewing techniques and spent his life refining the construction of his creations and introducing extraordinary innovations that allowed him to gradually evolve towards simpler, purer forms. His exceptional creative talent inspired him to design models that were audacious in both their form and aesthetics, taking the world by storm and setting the indisputable trend season after season. His command of the craft earned him the respect of his colleagues and he reigned supreme in the international haute couture world until he retired in 1968.


This exhibition aims to provide visitors with an insight in the principal characteristics of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s work and demonstrate his crucial contribution to the history of fashion and design. Comprising three chronologically arranged rooms, a través de una cuidada selección de 62 piezas y una selección e películas, the show examines the career of the Getaria-born couturier, from his beginnings in San Sebastian to his reign in Paris. It concludes with an analysis of his extraordinary technical legacy, which to this day continues to influence the work of the leading contemporary creators.

In order to properly care for the collection, the conservation staff must make sure that the pieces featured in the permanent exhibition are rotated on an ongoing basis. Therefore, every 12 months the objects on display will be rotated. This will keep the exhibition alive, shying away from static nature of conventional exhibitions. The permanent exhibition also aims to include work by Balenciaga from other institutions and collections, and in this way make the exhibition even more interesting and dynamic.
The show has been organised in association with the Balenciaga house.


Curator: Igor Uria
Museography: Hiruki studio
Graphic Design: TGA+Asociados
Production:Corsam Innova
Serygraphy: Serinoski
Photography: Alvaro Sau & Tomas Navarro

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    Cristóbal Balenciaga is unanimously regarded as one of the leading and most influential couturiers of the 20th century. A tireless perfectionist, he acquired an expert command of sewing techniques and spent his life refining the construction of his creations and introducing extraordinary innovations that allowed him to gradually evolve towards simpler, purer forms. His exceptional creative talent inspired him to design models that were audacious in both their form and aesthetics, taking...

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    • Year 2015
    • Work started in 2015
    • Work finished in 2015
    • Client Cristobal Balenciaga Museoa
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Museums / Exhibition Design / Exhibitions /Installations
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