The Balenciaga Museum is housed in a newly built annex to Palacio Aldamar. This majestic villa, on a hilltop overlooking Getaria, was the residence of the Marqués and Marquesa of Casa Torres, grandparents to Queen Fabiola of Belgium and mentors to Balenciaga during the early days of his career.
The Cuban architect Julián Argilagos was responsible for the volumetric and structural concept for the new building which annexes the Palacio. It is a large, long, curved space, trapezoidal in section, complete with an integrated floor-toceiling glass wall. Inside the building there are three suspended areas which house the galleries
The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum will develop an ambitious programme of exhibits and events aimed at raising the profile of Cristóbal Balenciaga, highlighting his important role in the history of fashion and design, and his legacy on today’s world of fashion. To this end, the Museum has designed a permanent exhibition to help visitors discover the keys to Balenciaga’s work. Temporary exhibitions will also be organised around different aspects of his work. The exhibitions will be accompanied by other events such as classes, lectures and educational workshops geared to different audiences and aimed at enhancing the museum visit.
1895. Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre is born in Getaria (Gipuzkoa) at 5 pm on January 21. Begins sewing alongside his mother, Martina Eizaguirre, who works as a seamstress for the Marquesa de Casa Torres and other well-heeled families in the area. The marquesa’s exquisite taste and collection of dresses from the finest Paris and London fashion houses introduces young Cristóbal to the refined lifestyle of the European elite.
1907. Moves to San Sebastián and begins a period of tailoring apprenticeship at Casa Gómez and New England, the finest tailoring establishments of the time. In 1911 Balenciaga gains employment at Grandes Almacenes Au Louvre in San Sebastian and in only two years is named head of ladies’ dressmaking. While working at Au Louvre, travels frequently to Paris and becomes familiar with the leading fashion houses in the international capital of fashion. In 1914 moves to Bordeaux to work for a reputable tailor’s shop owned by friends.
The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa collection consists of approximately 1200 pieces and is not only the most extensive collection of Balenciaga creations in the world but also the most representative both in terms of quality and the time span covered. It undoubtedly takes pride of place among the most important fashion collections on the international scene today
Aldamar Parkea, 6 20808 Getaria Gipuzkoa
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