Balenciaga Haute Couture Fall Winter 2021

Balenciaga Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021

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Demna Gvasalia made the Balenciaga’s return to Haute Couture come true after a 53-year absence since the closure of the house’s atelier in 1968.

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Over half a century later I see it as my creative obligation to the unique heritage of M. Balenciaga to bring the couture back to his house”, Gvasalia said in a statement. He went on to add: “Couture is the highest level of garment construction that is not only relevant in today’s mass-productive industry but even absolutely necessary for the survival and further evolution of modern fashion design”.

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Unconventional like Cristóbal Balenciaga who always refused to conform to the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture’s rules, Demna Gvasalia has prepared 63 couture looks which were every bit a love letter to the house’s founding father, packed with gowns resembling oversized coats, outerwear with extreme shoulder pads and shiny lampshade-like chapeaux: Balenciaga loved to play with volume, avant-garde silhouettes and elaborate hats.

Once the impeccable tailoring of the pieces – a series of wool suits for men and women, black-washed denim, double-breasted floor-sweeping coats and padded satin stoles – had been clearly established, the collection became more daring in color, texture, cut and proportion.

And the most direct connection to Cristóbal Balenciaga’s legacy was the final look, a bridal-inspired white gown. Arguably the brand’s most famous creation, the single-seam wedding dress of 1967 was called a “marvel of form” by Vogue.

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