Balenciaga L’Oeuvre Au Noir Exhibition @ Musée Bourdelle Paris

Balenciaga L'Oeuvre Au Noir Exhibition Paris

It’s 100 years since Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first fashion house, and the first exhibition celebrating this event, is taking place at Musée Bourdelle in Paris, with a look at his black creations.

From 8 March until 16 July, the fashion world fetes the designer’s retrospective in Paris. Thanks to the Palais Galliera, Paris’ fashion museum exhibition, L’oeuvre au noir (‘Balenciaga, working in black’), which is hosted by the Musée Bourdelle, all fashionable eyes in the French capital will be on designer Cristóbal Balenciaga (1865-1972).

The exhibition Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir, organised by the Palais Galliera, presents a selection of drawings, models, hats and jewellery. The aim is to suggest a reassessment of the great couturier’s work. In resonance with Antoine Bourdelle’s sculptures, the exhibition hopes to convey an understanding of how Balenciaga’s artistry exploited fabrics, embroideries and black lace and by what alchemy these elements became clothes.

With over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, there are also hand-made drawings by Cristóbal Balenciaga, and other archival documentation. Some of Balenciaga’s playful, iconic hats and necklaces complement the show.

Balenciaga: L’Oeuvre au Noir” will run until July 16th, 2017, at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris. Open Tuesday–Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, Paris, France.

Although it’s impossible to pick a favourite, I love this iconic “Envelope” dress below. What’s yours?

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The iconic “Envelope” dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Embroidered straps with rhinestones and pearls. – Winter 1967

Balenciaga L'Oeuvre Au Noir Exhibition Paris

Unlined crepe silk evening dress – Summer 1966

Balenciaga L'Oeuvre Au Noir Exhibition Paris

Gazar dress on white pongee of silk. Bleached and dyed ostrich feather fringes. – Winter 1967

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Shantung tailleur. Shawl collar in white cotton pique. Chest pliers. Cut to size. Basque back clamps. Three-quarter length sleeves. – Winter 1950

Balenciaga L'Oeuvre Au Noir Exhibition Paris

Evening ensemble, dress and cape. – Winter 1967

Balenciaga L'Oeuvre Au Noir Exhibition Paris

Silk tulle cap – Summer 1962

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Gazar hat on esparto mold – Winter 1967

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18 Comments

  1. Jo
    22/05/2017 / 09:16

    I love fashion exhibitions and this Balenciaga one is special. Timeless pieces which could be worn today.
    My favorite is the strapless print dress, followed by the white shawl collar dress. But really, they are all beautiful.
    Hugs, Jo

  2. 22/05/2017 / 09:21

    How lucky you are to have visited the Balenciaga Exhibition. The designs are very beautiful! Thanks for sharing and have a great week ahead!
    xo Yvonne
    http://www.aproposh.com

  3. 22/05/2017 / 14:44

    I love fashion exhibitions… Paris is SO good for that! These designs are so beautiful! I’d probably choose the same dress you did, followed by the jacket with dangling silk pink pearls. Thanks for sharing your photos! xx

  4. 22/05/2017 / 20:50

    I think the Gazar dress is one of my favourites, as a longtime fan of Balenciaga I am certain this would be up my street. What a delightful post of inspiration. This exhibit looks wonderfully fulfilling for any fashionista. xx/Madison
    FASHION TALES

  5. 23/05/2017 / 11:40

    I heard lots about this exhibition and it really is a must-see!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures full of so much elegance 🙂

  6. 23/05/2017 / 15:04

    Beautiful pictures, I feel like I am. It is too beautiful!!!!!!!

  7. 23/05/2017 / 15:57

    What an amazing exhibition, I’m jealous that you got to go in person! Thanks for sharing the photos and experience with us! All that black and accents of light pink are amazing

    Characters & Carry-ons

  8. 24/05/2017 / 00:19

    What a fun and insightful exhibit for fashion in the past century! Definitely worth a visit if in Paris. Truly a reason why I should go!! 🙂 xo~ Lena
    http://www.thewanderliste.com

  9. 24/05/2017 / 15:20

    I’m such a sucker for fashion exhibitions and this Balenciaga one is beyond gorgeous! Adore everything, specially the embellished maxi dress. Wishing you a lovely day! xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  10. 24/05/2017 / 21:36

    WOW Stella! These looks are absolutely insane! I wish I were in Paris so I could see these masterful pieces in person.

    I love that envelope dress too, although the #2 (Cape + dress) is a close contender for the top prize! Cristobal was such an avant-garde designer in his own way. I keep thinking “Isabella Blow” when I look through these archives too for some reason. Like, there’s something about this collection on display that would go so well with her hats.

    xo
    N
    Style Tomes ||ST on IG

  11. Jo
    25/05/2017 / 09:33

    How exciting is this? There’s to be a Balenciaga exhibition at London’s V&A
    this summer. That I MUST see.
    xoxo Jo

  12. 26/05/2017 / 05:55

    I love the dress with the black and white ostrich feathers! This collection truly shows how fashion and art can come together so beautifully. Your blog is stunning babe!

    xo Elizabeth
    stylewich.com

  13. Jo
    26/05/2017 / 14:01

    Changing my mind yet again, Stella. I`m rather in love with the sleeveless dress that
    is figure hugging at the top, has a gathered dip hem long skirt, and a cute bow in front.
    It would be lovely if I see this dress at London`sV&A. Oooh! Jo x

  14. Ms. Ainee C. Beland
    05/08/2017 / 01:34

    He was a true genius and ended his tailoring with his ‘Sac’ clothe dress. I think he said something to the effect of having dressed them all ; that being his favorite supporting patron and could find nothing else to make/create for her; so he made her the ‘sac’ dress. There should be laughter over this punning insult like and yet not really. The man gave his all. Thank you for sharing, I did not know of this museum showing.

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