Alexander Wang Harper’s Bazaar, August 2013 Photo credit: Melvin Sokolsky
First I read the book on Cristobal Balenciaga; now his story continues in this month’s Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. It features designer Alexander Wang’s new role as creative director of the house of Balenciaga. When Wang replaced Nicolas Ghesquiere as creative director he had big shoes to fill. But rather than get bogged down in that concept, he became a student of the master himself, Cristobal Balenciaga, in order to fulfill his destiny at the helm: “Cristobal was about finding purity in a silhouette or seam.” ~ Alexander Wang. Wang’s February debut at Balenciaga was a success and according to the article, at age 29 he seems to be on the right path to continue the legacy.
Cristobal Balanciaga’s Paris Portrait – 1927 – copyright Lipnitzki/Roger-Viollet/The Image Works
Isn’t that a beautiful name? Doesn’t it just ooze glamour and roll off your tongue? I never knew much about him except that there was a beautiful handbag designed by Balenciaga introduced a few years ago. Mary Blume (a native New Yorker who lives in Paris) has written a book that brings his story to life: The Master of us All, Balenciaga: His Workrooms, His World. After reading the book I am touched to see how someone so intensely private could become so successful and revered; it reminds me of the power of genius. Allow me to share with you some facts about Cristobal Balenciaga:
– he was very private and he avoided photos of himself, he never gave an interview in his years as a designer, he never took a bow at the end of a collection, and he remained a mystery throughout this life Continue reading →