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Model in Balenciaga. Vogue, 1950 Photographed by Irving Penn

Model Dorian Leigh in Balenciaga. Vogue, 1950

Cristóbal Balenciaga: A Spanish designer whose recognition came after WWII when he opened his fashion house in Paris. He was known for changing the feminine silhouette by broadening the shoulders and doing away with the cinched waist. Created pieces until he retired, then taught fashion design.

Cristóbal Balenciaga: A Spanish designer whose recognition came after WWII when he opened his fashion house in Paris. He was known for changing the feminine silhouette by broadening the shoulders and doing away with the cinched waist. Created pieces until he retired, then taught fashion design.

Sue Murray wearing Balenciaga’s evening dress of black silk crépe with “chou” wrap of black silk gazar, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue, Sept. 15, 1967

Sue Murray wearing Balenciaga’s evening dress of black silk crépe with “chou” wrap of black silk gazar, photo by Irving Penn, Vogue, Sept. 15, 1967

A sheath of cocoa-coloured organza 'feathers' from Balenciaga's autumn/winter 1950 collection. PHOTO: Irving Penn/Vogue © Conde Nast inc 1950.

A sheath of cocoa-coloured organza 'feathers' from Balenciaga's autumn/winter 1950 collection. PHOTO: Irving Penn/Vogue © Conde Nast inc 1950.

Cristobal Balenciaga

Cristobal Balenciaga

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