Tuesday, August 14, 2012


 A previous post made me think about Inspiration, because the first dress shown there reminded me of another great couturier, Azzedine Alaia.

 Cristobal Balenciaga, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Azzedine Alaia 2011

Cristobal Balenciaga 1895-1972

Since I´m not the only one who thinks that Christobal Balenciaga always will be a great resource of inspiration, I am going to start a miniseries of Inspirations from a Master - to show what a genius he was.

He influenced so many designers that worked for him, among them Givenchy, Oscar de La Renta, Andre Courreges, Emanuel Ungaro and still continues to do so. . .

If you look at Stella McCartney on The Best dressed List 2012, pictures 74-76, you clearly see the inspiration from Balenciagas famous Sack Dress 1957 and in her use of fabric and textures.

I probably said it before, but what I especially like is: his research and innovation, the simplicity, his very effectful way of combining materials and shape, colors and design, inspired by his own background in Spain.

Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

These dresses are clearly spanish inspired, but at the same time classic in the sense that these examples still looks contemporary when you compare to the designers of today. No wonder why he was and still is a great inspiration.

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