Modemuseum to host exhibition on Cristóbal Balenciaga
Antwerp’s Modemuseum will host an interesting recap on 20th century haute couture fashion between March and August 2016. The exhibition Game Changers - Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette tracks the changes in the shapes and forms of women's clothing in the last century. The focal point and main starting point of the investigation is Cristóbal Balenciaga’s work, whose mid-century designs provided a turning point in fashion and prepared the ground for the often extreme ventures of 90s and 80s avant-garde fashion houses.
While keeping the Basque designer's oeuvre in focus, the exhibition starts with showcasing the innovators of the 20s and 30s , who liberated women from the cage of corsets and invented a new, free silhouette that still sits close to the body. Madeleine Vionnet, Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel redefined the concept of femininity through clothing, providing constant inspiration for following generations. In the 50s came Mr Balenciaga, who developed on that heritage and invented a brand new, signature silhouette of oversized, architectural shapes. His creations are all about proportion and oversized volumes, that leave space around the body for more freedom, yet are chic and feminine at the same time.
Through showcasing a range of actual designs and sketches, the exhibition breaks down Balenciaga’s innovation to continue with works by designers from the last decades of the century. Designs by Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, Ann Demeulemeester and Martin Margiela are also on display, giving a comprehensive overview of Balenciaga’s influence. For more information about the exhibition visit Modemuseum’s website.
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