Left: Balenciaga s/s 2013 by Nicolas Ghesquière
Right: Balenciaga (haute couture) s/s 1951 by Cristobal Balenciaga
When he was planning this collection of exceptional, understated modern elegance, Nicolas Ghesquière said that he had looked to Cristobal Balenciaga’s work beyond fashion for inspiration, specifically for dance and the movies. “I thought it was interesting to play with that contrast between Balenciaga’s cubism and architectural rigidity,” he explained, “and with mythology, antiquity, and movement.”
That dance movement, inspired by some Balenciaga ballet designs from the 1930s, was expressed in the flamenco ruffles that spiraled around a skirt, buoyed up by the stiff bonded fabric that seemed to capture the flounces in a frozen moment of dynamic animation (an idea that took seed in the strong Balenciaga resort collection).