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Paris Fashion Museum Galliera Readies Balenciaga Tribute

The show, called “Cristóbal Balenciaga, Collector of Fashion,” will open Friday in a temporary location while its remodeling is underway.

SPANISH WONDER: Paris fashion museum Galliera will unveil a Balenciaga tribute Friday in a temporary location (while its remodeling is underway) — Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design, tucked in the city’s 13th arrondissement. The show, “Cristóbal Balenciaga, Collectionneur de Modes” (or “Cristóbal Balenciaga, Collector of Fashion,”), commemorates the 40th anniversary of the death of the house’s founder and his love of Spanish history. It is sponsored by Balenciaga and its parent company PPR Group.

More than 70 Spanish costumes and clothing items dating from the 18th to 20th centuries — including velvet boleros, capes and satin torero outfits — that the designer collected are to be displayed alongside 40 couture coats and dresses he created between 1937 and 1968. The exhibit runs until Oct. 7 as part of Galliera’s extramural series. A joint ticket to “Cristóbal Balenciaga, Collectionneur de Modes” and an exhibit on Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo, which also opens in the same location on Friday, is 6 euros, or $7.85 at current exchange.

This story first appeared in the April 10, 2012 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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