About: Balenciaga is a fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Spanish designer, born in the Basque Country, Spain. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior.[1] His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house. The house of Balenciaga is now owned by the French multinational company PPR. (Source: Wikipedia)

Fashion icon. Celebrated designer. Acclaimed visionary. Balenciaga and Spain examines the profound and enduring influence of Spain on the work of haute couture master Cristóbal Balenciaga. The impact of Spanish culture, history, and traditions is explored through the recurring themes in Balenciaga’s oeuvre and organized in the exhibition in six sections: Spanish Art, Regional Dress, the Spanish Court, Religious Life and Ceremony, the Bullfight, and Dance. Objects are drawn from museum and private collections in France, Spain, and the United States, including the FAMSF collection. Event Information: Saturday, March 26, 2011. 7:00-8:00 p.m. VIP Reception. 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. de Young Museum.

About The Balenciaga and Spain Symposium. Four of the world’s leading costume scholars will present papers at a symposium organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to explore the influence of Spanish art, culture and history on the career of haute couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The half day symposium in the Koret Auditorium opens the exhibition Balenciaga and Spain at the de Young Museum, which features 120 garments and millinery from museums and private collections, many of which have not been publicly exhibited in decades. Hamish Bowles, European editor at large of Vogue, serves as guest curator and will moderate the symposium. The Presenters are: Hamish Bowles, Miren Arzalluz, Pamela Golbin, Lourdes Font. 

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