Art & Design

A New Exhibition Explores Balenciaga’s Use of Fashion’s Most Dramatic Color

Kunstmuseum Den Haag presents “Balenciaga in Black.”

By
2,690 Hypes

A New Exhibition Explores Balenciaga’s Use of Fashion’s Most Dramatic Color

Kunstmuseum Den Haag presents “Balenciaga in Black.”

Kunstmuseum Den Haag commemorates the 50th anniversary of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s death with “Balenciaga in Black,” an all-new exhibition showcased in the Netherlands. The collection explores the late couturier’s enchanting use of black across 100 masterpieces, each provided by the Palais Galliera and Maison Balenciaga in Paris.

The intimacy and serenity of Balenciaga’s atelier are emulated in the exhibition space, where under a hazy light, anonymous mannequins reveal complex and sculptural designs. Archived tailored suits, dazzling evening gowns and voluminous baby doll dresses all become accentuated without the distraction of color, revealing rich, contrasting textures and intricate details.

Throughout the Spanish taskmaster’s life, black represented the favored choice to display his artistry, not only for its versatility and elegance but for the hue’s deep connection with Spanish identity. Unlike most tailors at the time, the couturier’s use of black was passionately involved in every stage of thinking and making — several prototypes in black toile are also featured in the display.

This quiet examination of fashion’s most dramatic color across lace, embroidery, velvet, draped silk, fringes and shimmering sequins reveals Balenciaga’s true design codes. The master’s work for the house was exalted by a strict yet composed haute couture craft; his own view of sculpturing the body through precision and revolutionary silhouettes left an everlasting legacy.

In addition to over 60 garments, the exhibition features hats, jewelry, drawings, film footage and photographs from the Maison Balenciaga archives. “Balenciaga in Black” coincides with a time the brand has been hailed as “the hottest high fashion brand on the planet right now,” as described by Vogue.

Demna, the current fashion house’s creative director, has succeeded in maintaining the brand’s status as it had seventy years ago. The Georgian designer keeps drawing inspiration from the unsurpassed master Cristóbal Balenciaga by experimenting with black, volumes, and three-dimensional designs.

In an interview with BBC Culture, Madelief Hohé, the exhibition’s curator, highlighted, “He used black more than any other designer, and he used it in a very different way. Black emphasized the geometry and sculptural quality of his bold designs, such as the balloon and the envelope, giving him the freedom to concentrate more on the form of the object.”

The exhibition is now available to visit until March 2023 and will be the first time a large selection of Balenciaga’s work is showcased in the Netherlands.

Take a look inside the space above. In case you missed it, check out Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection.

Kunstmuseum Den Haag
41 Stadhouderslaan
The Hague, 2517,
Netherlands

Read Full Article
Share this article

What to Read Next

From Balenciaga to JW Anderson, Rating Fashion's Most Outrageous Bags of FW22
Fashion 

From Balenciaga to JW Anderson, Rating Fashion's Most Outrageous Bags of FW22

Take your pick.
7,583 Hypes

You're Going to Want All of Balenciaga's New Objects Collection for Christmas
Art & Design

You're Going to Want All of Balenciaga's New Objects Collection for Christmas

Lunchboxes, beddings and dog beds galore.
3,394 Hypes

Take a Look Inside Balenciaga's Edgy New Flagship
Fashion

Take a Look Inside Balenciaga's Edgy New Flagship

Located in the heart of Miami’s design district.
1,205 Hypes


Cara Delevingne Propels KARL LAGERFELD’s Signature Aesthetic into a New Age of Fashion
Fashion 

Cara Delevingne Propels KARL LAGERFELD’s Signature Aesthetic into a New Age of Fashion

For the new CARA LOVES KARL collaborative capsule.
2,730 Hypes

Chanel Showcases a Sophisticated Allure in SS23 Collection
Fashion

Chanel Showcases a Sophisticated Allure in SS23 Collection

Bows, tweeds, deconstructed prints and more.
2,612 Hypes

'Vogue' Releases Statement of Support for Editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson
Culture

'Vogue' Releases Statement of Support for Editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson

“Now more than ever, voices like hers are needed and in a private meeting with Ye today she once again spoke her truth.”
2,302 Hypes

Maison Margiela x Reebok Drop Classic Leather and Club C "Memory Of" Collab
Footwear

Maison Margiela x Reebok Drop Classic Leather and Club C "Memory Of" Collab

Introducing the Classic Leather and Club C “Memory Of” V2.
1,145 Hypes

Germanier's SS23 Collection Proves Opulence Owns Everything
Fashion

Germanier's SS23 Collection Proves Opulence Owns Everything

Featuring a 52 meter ostrich feather upcycled coat.
2,491 Hypes

Scandinavia Meets Paris and Tokyo in Maison Kitsuné x ATP Atelier Collaboration
Footwear

Scandinavia Meets Paris and Tokyo in Maison Kitsuné x ATP Atelier Collaboration

A footwear capsule comprised of a heeled loafer and boots.
1,346 Hypes

The Best Dressed Celebrities at Louis Vuitton's SS23 Showcase
Fashion

The Best Dressed Celebrities at Louis Vuitton's SS23 Showcase

From Naomi Campbell’s silver coat to Emma Chamberlain’s leathered dress.
4,114 Hypes

Doja Cat's Best Outfits at Paris Fashion Week SS23
Fashion

Doja Cat's Best Outfits at Paris Fashion Week SS23

Check out all the buzzy fashion and beauty moments from the musician.
1,930 Hypes

Cardi B and Reebok Continue Partnership With Duo of Sneaker Styles
Footwear

Cardi B and Reebok Continue Partnership With Duo of Sneaker Styles

Meet the Cardi Slide and Club C Cardi V2.
2,253 Hypes

TikToker Charli D'Amelio Leads Prada Linea Rossa FW22 Campaign
Fashion

TikToker Charli D'Amelio Leads Prada Linea Rossa FW22 Campaign

A range inspired by winter sports.
2,612 Hypes

See the Best Dressed Celebrities at Miu Miu's SS23 Show at PFW
Fashion

See the Best Dressed Celebrities at Miu Miu's SS23 Show at PFW

Chloë Bailey, IVE’s Jang Won-young and more.
3,656 Hypes

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Keep updated on the latest news.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.