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Balenciaga in Black

Irving Penn, Sue Murray in Balenciaga, Vogue, September 1967
International zone
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Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895 - 1972), regarded as 'le maître' among couturiers. "Haute couture is like an orchestra, for which only Balenciaga is the conductor. The rest of us are just musicians, following the directions he gives us”, Christian Dior once said. The Spanish designer was known as a strict taskmaster who regarded his work as a religion. His complex, sculptural designs worked best in black, one of his favourite colours.

This autumn, Kunstmuseum Den Haag will present an ode to his designs in black with its fashion exhibition Balenciaga in Black. Over 100 masterpieces from the collections of Palais Galliera and Maison Balenciaga have already been put aside in Paris, ready to steal the show at Kunstmuseum Den Haag from 24 september 2022. This will be the first time that such a large selection of Balenciaga's work has been shown in the Netherlands.

This exhibition has been organised in collaboration with Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, and Paris Musées.

Dates and Times

24 September 5 March 2023
10:00 – 17:00
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Kunstmuseum Den Haag is open on Boxing Day (10:00 - 17:00), New Year's Eve (10:00 - 16:00) and New Year's Day (13:00 - 17:30).
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