Au Courant Daily at Balenciaga - L'Oeuvre au noir in Musee Bourdelle Paris


With all this Brexit nonsense looming in the distance, one can only hope that travel to Paris via the channel doesn't become a drama-filled experience. For the time being, however, I continue to find great use for frequent train rides back to the continent from London; this most recent bit of Parisian travel was primarily to allow for some visual research at Musee Bourdelle at their just-concluded exhibition, Balenciaga, L'oeuvre au noir

When it comes to mastering line and form, to achieving a balance between simplicity and extreme elegance, Cristobal Balenciaga was peerless. I took the opportunity as a chance to merely sit and quietly observe how a selection of garments from the Spanish couturier's oeuvre hung in display amongst Bourdelle's sculptural models and casts.

Of particular interest were the pieces shown here: the iconic cone-shaped Gazar evening dress and a voluminous coat with a strong collar and oversized pocket flaps. I was able to peer closely at the construction but could only barely see evidence of the stitching, and moreso, I marveled at the structural shapes he was able to achieve from cloth... Impressive.

It is that latter quality I wanted to better understand, from an aesthetic point of view, as I continue to work on a series of masks for Au Courant Vol. 03, each shaped in the three-dimensional from materials that might require more than a bit of coaxing. 

The exhibit closed on July 16th in Paris, but I believe another take on Balenciage is currently mounted at the V&A in London and runs until next February. 


 Au Courant Daily at Balenciaga - L'Oeuvre au noir in Musee Bourdelle Paris


Au Courant Daily at Balenciaga - L'Oeuvre au noir in Musee Bourdelle Paris


Words + Images | Lisa-Marie Harris 
Balenciaga, L'oeuvre au Noir 
Musee Bourdelle
March 8th to July 16th 2017
Curator | Véronique Belloir, chargée du Département Haute Couture au Palais Galliera
Artistic Director / scenography | Olivier Saillard, directeur du Palais Galliera






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