Balenciaga returns home

Seventy five year since he was exiled to Paris, Basque Country born CRISTOBAL BALENCIAGA symbolically returns to its native town of Getaria, North of Spain in a dedicated museum, which took 12 years to built and over 30 million euros.

The genius fashion designer who passed away in 1972 is part of the hall of fame of haute couture, having been a mentor for disciple Christian Dior and true inspiration for other ledendary designers such as Emanuel Ungaro and Hubert de Givenchy.  The museum which is managed by the Balenciaga Foundation will be inaugurated by HM Queen Sofia of Spain, next week and it will be open to the public from 10th June.

The Balenciaga Museum includes a permanent exhibition of 90 iconic Balenciaga designs, 70 gowns and 20 accessories, all iconic pieces carefully selected from the impressive Balenciaga archive which comprises 1200 pieces.

The Balenciaga Museum in Getaria is half an hour drive from Bilbao, the closest large Spanish city.