As the Balenciaga Retrospective Opens at London’s V&A, Designers Pay Tribute to a Century of His Influence

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The legacy of Cristóbal Balenciaga in undeniable. Vogue summed it up best in 1962: “Almost since the first day he launched his salon in 1937, he has been acclaimed as the great leader in fashion; what Balenciaga does today, other designers will do tomorrow, or next year, by which time he will have moved on again.”

“His pieces are fundamental in the history of Balenciaga, but also in the history of fashion—they are key markers, which is why Vogue featured them at that time,” says Demna Gvasalia of the 1967 Irving Penn image of Veruschka cocooned in a majestic black silk taffeta chou (cabbage).

Opening tomorrow, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s retrospective, “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion,” showcases the exquisite similarities—and the brilliant evolution—of the great man and his fashion house’s new creative genius, Gvasalia, along with a diverse set of contemporary names exhibited as well.

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