Most of us know Balenciaga through the talented Nicholas Ghesquiere who designed the iconic motorcycle bag. Very few know that the man after whom the house was named was a masterful couturier, revered and feared by apprentices like Ungaro who went on to head up their own houses. Said Ungaro, ”Balenciaga was a fisherman’s son, but he possessed the soul and mannerisms of a king.”
Ungaro’s work shows the influence of his mentor, who designed this extraordinary black cape of crumpled black gazar that wraps around the head like a huge rose, then falls in a crush around the body, clad in a narrow stem of black crepe. The effect was enigmatic. Photo from Vogue, September 1967.
May 17, 2013 / 104 notes

Most of us know Balenciaga through the talented Nicholas Ghesquiere who designed the iconic motorcycle bag. Very few know that the man after whom the house was named was a masterful couturier, revered and feared by apprentices like Ungaro who went on to head up their own houses. Said Ungaro, ”Balenciaga was a fisherman’s son, but he possessed the soul and mannerisms of a king.”

Ungaro’s work shows the influence of his mentor, who designed this extraordinary black cape of crumpled black gazar that wraps around the head like a huge rose, then falls in a crush around the body, clad in a narrow stem of black crepe. The effect was enigmatic. Photo from Vogue, September 1967.

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