Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Developing product with creative and inspiring clients, brands and teams is something we have a wealth of experience in, but even after all these years it still makes us extremely proud when our figures are used to present exquisite garments and showcased in beautiful environments. The recently opened exhibition, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, at the V&A Museum, was one of those moments where we stood in awe of the final installation and gave a pat on the back to all the teams involved.
The show which every fashion bunny had been waiting for is the first of its kind to explore the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. Rather than a retrospective, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion focuses in detail on the latter part of Balenciaga's long career in the 1950s and 1960s, arguably one of his most creative periods as 'The Master' of haute couture.
Having dressed some of the world's most iconic women and pioneering some truly revolutionary shapes including the baby doll, cocoon coat and the sack dress, we needed to help compliment the Balenciaga identity by ensuring our mannequins were the perfect fit for the garments on display. Our team of sculptors and technicians made bespoke amendments to our female mannequin range; FLUID, the result; a petite and feminine mannequin with sophisticated and elegant yet dynamic poses, much like the structural designs of Balenciaga garments.
A true honour to be involved in the making of this incredible exhibition. Here we share some of our favourite images from the show.