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Balenciaga and Spain: Spanish Master Hardcover – 8 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (8 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836468
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.8 x 31.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This beautiful tome traces the relationship between the master couturier's incredible and hugely influential designs and his homeland, with reverential text by collector and curator Hamish Bowles.' --Harpers Bazaar, April 2011

'Hamish Bowles' fascinating tome Balenciaga and Spain considers the impact Spanish art, culture and history had on the legendary designer.' --Elle Decoration, June 2011

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grahame on 22 Mar. 2011
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This is a wonderful book about the great master couturier Christobal Balenciaga and his Spanish roots and influnces. The text is informative and you are almost transported to the world of Balenciaga, particularly at his Paris Couture House, where you imagine the whispers and polite exchanges in the salon, that is, if you were deemed rich and sophisticated enough, and were allowed to buy your couture there, as he was very fussy about who should be allowed to wear his beautiful creations, as one had to have a certain deportment to carry them off effectively. You can also imagine the tantrums if things did not go to plan, as he was a perfectionist and master crafts man. The people who wore his creations were often told what they should wear by him.

The book also shows many outfits, from day wear through to elaborate evening gowns and hats, which is really wonderful. Many do look dated by todays standards, but you can see the beautiful attention to every tiny detail in the creation and construction of these works of art. You also see how he developed his creations, silhouttes and style over nearly four decades.

I collect books on couture and this is one of the best, but as always I'm greedy and just want to see more and more of the masters work.
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This is a book that compares Spanish social history with Balenciaga's couture, all printed beautifully. The essays are insightful and the dresses are fantastic. my only complaint is some of the comparisons are a little opportunistic. Other than that well worth a look.
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By NADYA DUNN on 3 July 2015
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fantastic book
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By Therese Carette on 5 July 2014
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Fab book
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
A new take on the master. 11 April 2011
By David M. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another great book on one of the fashion greats. The chapters are broken out by his influences(bull fighting, religious art) and are researched and detailed with thesis-like precision. Each chapter is illustrated with pictures of his influences, some of his design sketches, period watercolors and photos, and a few new photos. The reason why I cannot give this book the highest rating is because of the lack of recent photos of the garments. If this book was not an exhibition catalog I could understand the lack of getting recent photography but with an exhibition of over 130 items, less than 30 items were illustrated with recent photography. It left me wanting more.
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Beautiful! 27 April 2011
By GMun - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply put, this book is a fantastic exploration into the Spanish inspiration that carried throughout Christobal Balenciaga's career. The pictures of the inspiration and the resulting dresses/outfits were fantastic. The layout is perfect. Not an in-depth history of the house by any means, but rather, a very specific slice of a level of creativity that very few fashions houses have achieved. For anyone interested in sincere fashion design and beautiful publications that will, in turn, inspire you, please do yourself a favor and purchase this book.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Balenciaga and Spain 7 May 2011
By Lady Mary - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is excellent! It contains a lot of beautiful photos and illustrations!
Balenciaga is one of the best couturier for me and I am well pleased with this book!
The inspiration of Balenciaga 1 Jun. 2013
By Tim MacAvoy - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful coffee table book which depicts in great detail pictures, commentary and inspiration of a great designer. I highly recommend it.
Need to find an author who does the comparison design between balenciaga and the current designer's work 18 April 2015
By Freddy Ly - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book about a great master
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