Dovima with Sacha, cloche and suit by Balenciaga, Café des Deux Magots, Paris, 1955 Credit: The Richard Avedon Foundation

The V&A Balenciaga exhibition you won’t want to miss

Book your tickets NOW.

Words by Penny Goldstone

You can always trust the V&A to pull out all the stops with its fashion exhibitions. There was the famous wedding dresses exhibition of 2014, and the Pleasure and Pain shoe exhibition of 2015.

Now this year’s hot ticket is set to be Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, opening 27 May 2017.

Coinciding with the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga‘s first fashion house, it will focus on founder Cristóbal’s work in the 1950s and 1960s – considered to be his most creative couture period.

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Model wearing Balenciaga orange coat as I. Magnin buyers inspect a dinner outfit in the background, Paris, 1954

Expect to see some of the most iconic shapes of the time, including the tunic, baby doll and shift dress. Highlights will also include ensembles worn by Hollywood actress Ava Gardner and fashion icon of the 60s Gloria Guinness.

As well as clothes, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on accessories, sketches and of course photographs of the time.

We had an exclusive sneak peek of the exhibition and it is totally worth it, so get booking right this second.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is on 27 May 2017 to 18 February 2018 and you can buy tickets here now.

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