The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His Worldby Mary Blume
A sparkling life of the monumental fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga
When Cristóbal Balenciaga died in 1972, the news hit the front page of The New York Times. One of the most innovative and admired figures in the history of haute couture, Balenciaga was, said Schiaparelli, "the only designer who dares do what he likes." He was,/i>/b>
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The book is based on an interview with one of the women who worked with Balenciaga for many years, and is full of little details about Balenciaga the man and Balenciaga the fashion house. One of the best things about the book is that the photo of an item appears right after the description of it, so there is no going back and forth to a photo section. I remember Balenciaga's fashions from when I was young, and although I couldn't understand it at the time, the engineering that was part of his ensembles made each one memorable. I recommend this book for anyone interested in fashion, from those who merely wear great clothes to those who are fanatical about creating them.