Years ago, President John F. Kennedy admonished wife - Jackie – when it came to his attention that the stylish 1st Lady was indulging in expensive designer creations bearing the label of celebrated Spanish Couturier “Cristobal Balenciaga”.
What would common folks around the country think?
The brouhaha died down somewhat, however, when one of her staunch supporters – Joseph P. Kennedy (the President’s father) – discreetly footed the bill.
Today, the designer – who passed to spirit in 1972 – is still hailed as one of the fashion greats style-conscious women are inclined to bow down to.
Now, the prestigious de Young Museum showcases Balenciaga’s creations in a dazzling exhibit:
BALENCIAGA AND SPAIN
In essence, the curators at the de Young explore the impact of Spain’s culture, history, and art on the celebrated designer.
The collection – painstakingly researched and presented by Vogue’s European Editor at large – is truly a stand-out which features costume holdings and several exquisite Balenciaga gowns once worn by discerning well-heeled socialites in San Francisco (such as the likes of Mrs. C.H. Russell, Eleanor Christensen de Guigne and Elise S. Haas, to name a few).
The Exhibit curator – Hamish Bowles – has been exalted by critics who have gushed that under his tutelage – a varied and rich history advocating and preserving Balenciaga’s remarkable talents (and well-earned fame) have been captured in the minutest of spectacular eye-catching detail.
The “timeless” creations are on exhibit through July 4th.
de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
9:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
(Tuesday thru Sunday)
9:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.
(Closed to public)
Balenciaga and Spain was organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Major patrons are the San Francisco Auxiliary of Fine Arts & Museums & Christine Suppes.
Lead sponsors are Marissa Mayer and Zackary Bogue & Diane B. Wilsey.
Exquisite fashion statement by Balenciaga!
Curator hob-nobs with tony elite @ Balenciaga Opening Night Celebrations!