posted on 30 Aug 19 | by Explore Bendigo

Why You Need To Check Out Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion 

If you’re not already familiar, we love a fashion exhibition here in Bendigo.  And with the recent success of Maticevski and Marimekko, Bendigo Art Gallery is now hosting the incredible Australian exclusive, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. 

Proudly brought to Bendigo from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the work of iconic fashion revolutionary Cristobal Balenciaga features designs crafted in the 50s and 60s.  With some 200 pieces on display, you can expect to see pieces from the height of his creative period through to the work of his protégés and contemporary designers who continue to highlight innovative ways.

Check out our top five favourite things about this exhibition…

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1. It’s Not Just About The Garments

The exhibition also features archive sketches, patterns, photographs, hats and shoes, fabric samples, catwalk footage and a unique collaboration with x-ray artist Nick Veasey.

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2. Try on a Replica Balenciaga Garment

Cape or skirt? This selfie opportunity is a must! Try on a replica Balenciaga designed garment, twirl around, snap a pic in it and share it on social media using #BalenciagaBendigo 

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3. Now and Then

Ever worn a baby doll, sack, tunic or shift dress?  They’re just some of the innovative designs that Balenciaga has created.  See the transition of his original designs and how they have now influenced every day wear today.  

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4. Fridays After Five

For four Fridays only you can gain exclusive after hours access to the exhibition followed by a complimentary drink, luxe canapés and giveaways from style partner Jools for Jim.  Strictly limited numbers and bookings are essential.

For more information, tickets and bookings click here.
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5. Couture for the Most Wealthiest and Famous

See ensembles made by Balenciaga for Hollywood actress Ava Gardner, dresses and hats belonging to socialite and 1960s fashion icon Gloria Guinness and pieces worn by one of the world’s wealthiest women, Mona von Bismarck, who commissioned everything from ball gowns to gardening shorts.