The symposium will be available to viewers worldwide via Internet broadcast on Saturday March 26, 2011 (* see below for more details and a discount coupon),
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 Cristobal 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 will present Balenciaga and Spain and examine the exhibition’s thesis and explain how Cristobal Balenciaga’s nostalgia for his Spanish homeland inspired the garments and millinery in the exhibition’s six sections: Spanish art, dance, regional costume, bullfighting, the royal court and religious life and ceremony.
Miren Arzalluz will present Cristobal Balenciaga: the Making of the Master (1895-1936) and describe the early portion of Balenciaga’s career focusing on his life and work in Spain prior to his departure for Paris in 1937 as viewed through the lens of Spain’s turbulent political environment.
Lourdes Font is Associate professor in the department of History of Art and in the M.A. program for Fashion and Textile Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She will present Austere Splendor: Balenciaga’s legacy of Spanish Court Costume, a survey of costume at the Spanish court from the late 15th century to the late 18th century as seen in royal and aristocratic portraits, making connections with surviving garments and accessories and tracing the influence of this legacy on Balenciaga’s designs.
Pamela Golbin, chief curator of the Musee de la Mode et du Textile at the Louvre in Paris. She will present Balenciaga’s Designs and Development (1937-1968) and explore the depth of Balenciaga’s oeuvre through the collections produced at his Paris atelier during those three decades.
Balenciaga and Spain, an exhibition curated by Hamish Bowles, European editor at large of Vogue, will feature nearly 120 haute couture garments, hats, and headdresses designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972). The exhibition illustrates Balenciaga’s expansive creative vision, which incorporated references to Spanish art, bullfighting, dance, regional costume, and the pageantry of the royal court and religious ceremonies. Cecil Beaton hailed him as “Fashion’s Picasso,” and Balenciaga’s impeccable tailoring, innovative fabric choices, and technical mastery transformed the way the world’s most stylish women dressed. The exhibition closes on July 4, 2011.
The Balenciaga symposium will be available for viewing via the Internet on FORA-TV for $9.95.
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