Catalogue for Balenciaga in Black
Balenciaga in Black
Text by Olivier Saillard, Véronique Belloir, Helena López de Hierro, and Gaspard de Massé
Published by Rizzoli Electa, New York (2018)
ISBN: 978-0-8478-6614-4
Hardcover: $65

190 pages

Balenciaga in Black explores the creative genius of Cristóbal Balenciaga, "the couturier's couturier"—the fashion designer revered by all other fashion designers. Black served as inspiration and guiding principal for the legendary dressmaker and provided a rich canvas for this extraordinary technician, allowing him to develop new textures and innovative shapes. To Balenciaga, black was a vibrant material, alternately opaque or transparent, matte or shining, combined in sumptuous fabrics and undergirding the apparent simplicity of his cuts.
Pierre Even's photography of Balenciaga's masterworks, produced specifically for this catalogue, captures these subtle gradations in tone and lush details with contemporary precision. Fifty pieces from the Galliera Collection and the Balenciaga Archives, including daywear, cocktail dresses, or evening ensembles lined in silk taffeta or fringed with satin ribbons, jet pearls, and sequins, are revealed as never before. These contemporary photographs are presented alongside historical portfolios by legendary fashion photographers Richard Avedon, Henry Clarke, and Irving Penn to form three distinct sections: Balenciaga's volumes, interplay of black and light, and combinations of black with subtle colors. Balenciaga's specific materials and shapes are further illuminated by texts, sketches, and detailed captions.

Balenciaga in Black is organized by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, Paris Musées. Additional support is provided by the Shops at Clearfork. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, NBC5 and PaperCity.

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