Must Visit Exhibition – Balenciaga: L’Oeuvre au Noir
As they say once you go black you never go back. This latest exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle by Palais Galliera is an homage to the origin of Balenciaga and its structural forms. Using black as your main colour base, leaves nothing to the imagination when it comes to shape and form. You are really able to see the true craftsmanship and technique used in these clothes. For a monochrome minimalist like myself this was like a fantasy land. You can see people appreciating the garments for their true beauty rather than the amount of colour and designer labels that can be thrown together – which is what seems to be the popular fashion trend at the moment.
The collection holds just over 60 garments, including one of their typical little black dresses from the 1960’s and several amazing low back gowns – scandal in the past was more conservative than what it is today.
Alongside the clothes there are also some amazing early sketches that are brought to life later in the gallery alongside some of the original mock up designs. I am not a designer but this was so incredibly interesting, it helped me to understand the immense work, skill and time that goes into making a garment.
My favourite part of the entire exhibition was the juxtaposition of the structural Balenciaga garments against the museum’s permanent sculpture gallery. It helps the viewer not only to appreciate shape and form but it actually offers two exhibitions in one and who can complain about that.
I won’t give too much more away because this truly is something you need to experience yourself. However for those of you who aren’t in Paris or can’t attend, I have attached some pictures of my visit below.
This exhibition teaches us to take a step back and appreciate the beauty of simplicity. It’s not about quantity but rather about quality. A complete must see! Open until the 16th of July.
P.S. SPOILER ALERT!! – Photos to follow