Musée Bourdelle Exhibits Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir

The Montparnasse museum curates fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga’s work using black until July 16, 2017

In partnership with Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, Musée Bourdelle curates the perfect exhibit for true minimalists, fashion history geeks and lovers of “all-black-everything.”

Enter Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir, which highlights all the different ways in which Balenciaga draped, sewed, embellished and manipulated fabrics into masterpieces. Garments were curated in collections with titles like Silhouette & Volumes, Black & Light and Black & Colors.

Balenciaga L'oeuvre noir 6Balenciaga L'oeuvre noir 4Balenciaga L'oeuvre noir 12Balenciaga may not be a French designer—he was known as “The Spaniard” among his contemporaries such as Chanel, Dior and Schiaparelli—but his style is well-attuned with the French sensibilities.


Viewers weren’t siphoned off into one designated area for the exhibit away. Instead, sections of the Balenciaga exhibit were spread throughout the museum. Each section of the Balenciaga exhibit was thoughtfully integrated with the rest of the museum’s collection.

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While viewing the different gowns, it’s immediately obvious that every fold, every seam, every hem—everything—is constructed with a purpose. The end result produces a natural elegance in its simple, yet meticulously tailored, form. Balenciaga was a tailor by trade and his garments speak to his craft.

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If it wasn’t for the Balenciaga exhibit, Musée Bourdelle probably would not have landed on my radar, but I look forward to keeping up with the museum’s exhibitions in the future. The museum grounds are quite beautiful and worth visiting on their own.

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Musée Bourdelle is centered in the heart of Montparnasse, a historically bohemian area on the Left Bank in Paris (Rive Gauche). The museum only a short walk around the corner from the Montparnasse-Bienvenue station.

Check out Musée Bourdelle’s website for more information on exhibits and events.


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