Balenciaga And The Great Spanish Artists
An unprecedented exhibition in Madrid aligns fine art with famous fashion
Hamish Bowles (right) lent this Balenciaga silk velvet and passementerie bolero jacket with jet beading (1946) from his personal collection, displayed against a painting of Julia Hacia by Ramon Casas y Carbo (1915)
“That was 120 weeks of my pocket money!” the collector continued. “I never forgot it and when I walked into a vintage store in LA about 15 years ago, there it was, having lost its label. It was exactly the same. But in this show they’ve paired it with a painting of a woman dressed in a Toreador jacket.”
Hamish – like all collectors – is cherishing being part of history? But with a rare skill, Eloy Martínez de la Pera has brought together a truly memorable and groundbreaking collection of fine fashion and great art.
Balenciaga and The Spanish Painting runs till September 22 2019; the exhibition is supported by Las Rozas Village, a member of the Bicester Village Shopping Collection, in partnership with the Thyseen-Bornemisza Museum.
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