|Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550|
Highlights of this major international exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London include garments crafted by Balenciaga from the 1950s and 1960s – arguably the most creative period of his career when he dressed some of the most renowned women of the time – through to pieces designed by protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today.
In addition, archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage provide a unique insight into Balenciaga’s salons and workrooms. The results of new, forensic investigations into the garments – including a collaboration with x-ray artist Nick Veasey and a digital pattern making project with the London College of Fashion – reveal the hidden details and processes which make Balenciaga’s work so exceptional.
Exhibition information: Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
All activities are free with exhibition tickets except workshop package.
Available prior to exhibition entry
Balenciaga was inspired by his homeland Spain as well as religious vestibules. Find out about his unique style and craftsmanship and why Christian Dior referred to him as “the Master”.
Talks are approximately 15 minutes and are subject to availability.
In the Exhibition
Self Guided Tours
School groups will need to self-tour through the exhibition. We estimate you will need approximately one hour viewing time.
Drawing and Design Challenges
Students can use these challenges to view and analyse the exhibition. These challenges will promote creative thinking, develop and extend drawing skills as well as encourage innovative design solutions. Pencils and clipboards are available from Gallery.
Download these before your visit:
Following a visit to the exhibition school groups are invited to participate in a fashion design workshop inspired by a Surrealist game involving cards, collaboration and chance.
Working with a new approach to generating ideas the aim of the workshop will be to encourage students to be explorative and playful in their approach to design.
Suitable for Year levels 5 to 10.
We will soon have resources available to use in connection with a visit to the exhibition.
These resources will include:
- An Introductory PowerPoint to use prior to visiting exhibition
- A Studio Arts 4 PowerPoint and student resource
- Student Design Challenges to use in exhibition – available for download
Teacher Preview of Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion and Desert Lines
Meet the Curators, view the exhibitions and preview student activities.
Professional Development Day
View the exhibition, meet the curator and enjoy a creative afternoon exploring a range of textile activities with Art, Design and Textiles educator Sam Caddy.
Education ticket prices
Education members students: $4
Non-education members students: $5
Workshop Package - $10 per student
This package includes introductory talk, design challenges and hands- on workshop. All activities delivered by an Education Officer. Allow 2 hours for this package.
Accompanying teachers are free (maximum 4 per group of 50 students)