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Balenciaga F/W 2006

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Nicolas Ghesquière’s fall/winter 2006 collection for Balenciaga was an exercise in studying the past to create the future of silhouette and form. To begin, the designer went on a creative exploration into the house’s vast archives to fashion a beloved homage to brand’s late founder, Cristóbal Balenciaga.


Posted March 17th, 2019 By Colby Mugrabi

The collection opened with a selection of cropped skirt suits and cocoon-style jackets, reminiscent of Balenciaga’s semi-fit suits of the 1950 and 60s, remade in bouclé fabrics finished with bejeweled buttons and wide collars. This modernized approach to uniform dressing was further elaborated upon in the show’s monotonous platform riding boots and tall, helmet-like hats worn atop each model’s manicured head.

Inspired by Cristóbal’s innovative use of materials to aid his exploration of silhouette and form, Ghesquière developed inventive textiles such as a wool-blended neoprene to create structured garments of unparalleled lightness and ease. Voluminous peplum tops covered in delicate beading and needlework were paired with slim cigarette trousers, a Ghesquière signature, while jackets with rounded shoulders and generous volumes paid further tribute to Balenciaga’s iconic egg silhouette.

Even when looking backwards, Ghesquière succeeded in the difficult task of keeping Balenciaga’s original designs pure, while injecting the signature minimalistic elegance for which he has become known and loved. A tightly edited 39-look collection that beautifully fused iconic elements of the past, with the future of fashion.

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References

Tom Kublin

Plaid coat and skirt ensemble by Balenciaga, photographed for Jardin des Modes, November 1960

Plaid coat and skirt ensemble by balenciaga  photo tom kublin  jardin des modes november 1960

Koloman Moser

Wooden chair with the winding arms, 1900-1910

Koloman moser

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

House for an Art Lover, 1901

House for an art lover was designed in 1901 by charles rennie mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Textile Design Rose and Teardrop, 1915-23

Charles rennie mackintosh  textile design rose and teardrop  1915 23

Francis Picabia

The Handsome Pork-Butcher, 1924-26

Francis picabia  the handsome pork butcher  1924 26

Henry Van de Velde

Bloemenwerf House, 1896

Henry van de velde  bloemenwerf house  1896

David Bailey

Jean Shrimpton photographed wearing Mary Quant, 1960s

Jean shrimpton wearing mary quant  1960 s by david bailey

Charles Sheeler

Untitled, 1938-1939

Charles sheeler  untitled  ca. 1938 1939

Dagobert Peche

Large Table Lamp, 1922

Dagobert peche  very rare large table lamp  1922

Edward Hopper

Coast Guard Station, Two Lights, Maine, 1927

Dward hopper  coast guard station  two lights  maine  1927

Émile Gallé

Autumn Crocus, 1900

Emile galle  autumn crocus  c. 1900. glas

Frantisek Kupka

Reminiscence of a Cathedral, 1920-23

Frantisek kupka  reminiscence of a cathedral  1920 23

Gerrit Rietveld

Beugelfauteuil, 1927

Gerrit rietveld  beugelfauteuil  1927

Josef Hoffmann

Side Chair, Model no. 371, 1908

Josef hoffmann  rare side chair  model no. 371  1908

Josef Hoffmann

Table Lamp, 1910

Josef hoffmann tablelamp  1910

Koloman Moser

Cabinet, 1903

Koloman moser  cabinet  ca 1903

L'Officiel Magazine

Balenciaga, 1967

L officiel magazine 1967 balenciaga

Josef Hoffmann

Lattice Vase, Vienna, 1905

Lattice vase  josef hoffmann  vienna  1905

Winslow Homer

West Point Prout's Neck, 1900

Winslow homer west point prouts neck  1900
References
Plaid coat and skirt ensemble by balenciaga  photo tom kublin  jardin des modes november 1960

Tom Kublin

Plaid coat and skirt ensemble by Balenciaga, photographed for Jardin des Modes, November 1960

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Koloman moser

Koloman Moser

Wooden chair with the winding arms, 1900-1910

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House for an art lover was designed in 1901 by charles rennie mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

House for an Art Lover, 1901

3 of 19

Charles rennie mackintosh  textile design rose and teardrop  1915 23

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Textile Design Rose and Teardrop, 1915-23

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Francis picabia  the handsome pork butcher  1924 26

Francis Picabia

The Handsome Pork-Butcher, 1924-26

5 of 19

Henry van de velde  bloemenwerf house  1896

Henry Van de Velde

Bloemenwerf House, 1896

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Jean shrimpton wearing mary quant  1960 s by david bailey

David Bailey

Jean Shrimpton photographed wearing Mary Quant, 1960s

7 of 19

Charles sheeler  untitled  ca. 1938 1939

Charles Sheeler

Untitled, 1938-1939

8 of 19

Dagobert peche  very rare large table lamp  1922

Dagobert Peche

Large Table Lamp, 1922

9 of 19

Dward hopper  coast guard station  two lights  maine  1927

Edward Hopper

Coast Guard Station, Two Lights, Maine, 1927

10 of 19

Emile galle  autumn crocus  c. 1900. glas

Émile Gallé

Autumn Crocus, 1900

11 of 19

Frantisek kupka  reminiscence of a cathedral  1920 23

Frantisek Kupka

Reminiscence of a Cathedral, 1920-23

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Gerrit rietveld  beugelfauteuil  1927

Gerrit Rietveld

Beugelfauteuil, 1927

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Josef hoffmann  rare side chair  model no. 371  1908

Josef Hoffmann

Side Chair, Model no. 371, 1908

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Josef hoffmann tablelamp  1910

Josef Hoffmann

Table Lamp, 1910

15 of 19

Koloman moser  cabinet  ca 1903

Koloman Moser

Cabinet, 1903

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L officiel magazine 1967 balenciaga

L'Officiel Magazine

Balenciaga, 1967

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Lattice vase  josef hoffmann  vienna  1905

Josef Hoffmann

Lattice Vase, Vienna, 1905

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Winslow homer west point prouts neck  1900

Winslow Homer

West Point Prout's Neck, 1900

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