Miren Arzalluz, Amalia Descalzo


Cristóbal Balenciaga made his name in Paris in the 1940s and 1950s in the golden age of haute couture. He was hailed by Coco Chanel as “the only true couturier among us,” and his clients included Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor.

This book is published to mark the inauguration of the Balenciaga Museum in Getaria, Spain, which will house a permanent collection of over one hundred pieces created by this master designer. It features an extraordinary selection of the most representative pieces from the Museum’s collection, and includes four essays written by specialists on Balenciaga’s work.


We do what we can with fabric—but Balenciaga does anything he wants.

— Christian Dior

This well-researched and well-designed publication will appeal to readers with an interest in haute couture and fashion history.

— Choice

Recommended for anyone interested in the history of fashion.

— Library Journal


Miren Arzalluz


Miren Arzalluz is the director of the Palais Galliera, a fashion museum in Paris, France.

Amalia Descalzo


Amalia Descalzo teaches Communication and Management in Fashion at the Centro Universitario Vellanueva.