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BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master

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Opening this Friday, “BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master” will showcase more than seventy of the legendary designer, Cristóbal Balenciaga’s creations, specifically calling attention to the impact that his home country of Spain had on his aesthetic. To be displayed at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, the exhibit was conceptualized by the chairman of the institute’s board of directors, Oscar de la Renta, and curated by Vogue‘s European Editor at Large, Hamish Bowles. Notable pieces will include the designer’s 1939 “Infanta” gown, his four-point silk gazar dress of 1967, and a “matador” evening bolero that was designed in 1947. Spanning the thirty-one years of Balenciaga’s career, from the opening of his fashion house to his retirement in 1968, the show is a must-see. “BALENCIAGA: Spanish Master” will be on display until February 19, 2011.

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