Balenciaga at the V&A
The biographical nature of seeing an artist or a designers work curated and displayed in an exhibition, never ceases to excite me as I genuinely love to learn about the progression and journey institutions like fashion houses take to become, well, whoever they are today. When the V&A announced that the latest design house they would be celebrating was Balenciaga, I definitely had a moment where I had to ask myself if I really knew or even liked what that house creates. As my real love for fashion started when I was around 14, most of the collections, I can recall are from that period onwards, so my view, though I do reflect and look at historian collections, will always be a little skewed.
I would never be thinking of Cristobal Balenciaga’s work, but instead my mind was referencing the work of Nicolas Ghesquière (1997 to 2012), Alexander Wang (2012 to 2015) and of course, the current creative director (Vetements dude) Demna Gvasalia.
Personally I remembered and focused on the Wang years more, which to be completely honest with you, never contained anything truly spectacular in my eyes but was still reason enough for me attend the exhibition. I guess it makes sense to always start an exhibition in a some what chronological order, but I guess I just wasn’t expecting there to be so much history at the beginning. I felt like the majority of the exhibited pieces were from pre-2000, ensuring that I not only saw how the house started but I understood how important their part in developing the modern shapes designs can take. I’ll leave it there and just advise you to go check it out, and give yourself at least 2 hours to walk around the whole exhibition, I gave myself just an hour and I definitely needed more time.
To get you in the mood for a fashion exhibition, here are some of my Netflix picks!