Exhibition

Cristobal Balenciaga & Abraham

Cristobal Balenciaga, winter 1955/56. Photo: Tom Kublin

Cristobal Balenciaga, winter 1955/56. Photo: Tom Kublin

Dresses by Cristobal Balenciaga featuring the expo Couture in Colour at MoMu Antwerp, 2013, Photo: Boy Kortekaas

Dresses by Cristobal Balenciaga featuring the expo Couture in Colour at MoMu Antwerp, 2013, Photo: Boy Kortekaas

Characteristic of Balenciaga’s creations is their sculpted, architectural quality. The perfect material for this was gazar, a crisp, semi-sheer etamine fabric that was a specialty of Abraham Ltd.

Silhouettes by Cristobal Balenciaga featuring in the expo Couture in Colour, MoMu Antwerp, 2013, Photo: Boy Kortekaas

Silhouettes by Cristobal Balenciaga featuring in the expo Couture in Colour, MoMu Antwerp, 2013, Photo: Boy Kortekaas

rawing Cristobal Balenciaga, autumn-winter 1967. (c) Balenciaga Archives Paris

Drawing Cristobal Balenciaga, autumn-winter 1967. (c) Balenciaga Archives Paris

After struggling to adjust to the emergence of prêt-à-porter and slow but steady decline in the demand for haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga closed his fashion house in 1968. The label was relaunched by his nephews following his death in 1972 and is today still very successful.