This past weekend I visited the Balenciaga and Spain exhibit at the De Young museum in San Francisco. The exhibition features 120 pieces from both museum and private collections which successfully demonstrate the impact of Spanish culture and aesthetics on the designer's work.
He was inspired by the colors, the regional dress, the music, the religion, the working class, the art, the absolute energy of the nation! Though he spent most of his career in Paris, memories of his Spanish homeland were the muse of his designs.
Balenciaga has always been one of my favorite designers. His energy and ingenuity was with him till retirement in his 70s. He never rested in his success but kept creating outstanding experimental work! An absolute artist. The craftsmanship, the detail, and the variety in his work is outstanding! I highly recommend you visit.
(photos from the De Young)