The Master of Us All

The Master of Us All

Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World

Book - 2013
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"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 said that he was the only designer who dared to do as he liked. He was, said Christian Dior, "the master of us all." But despite his extraordinary impact, he was a man hidden from view. Unlike today's celebrity designers, he saw to it that little was known about him, to the point that some French journalists wondered if he existed at all. Even his most notable and devoted clients never met him. But one woman knew Balenciaga better than anyone else. The first person he hired when he opened his Paris house, furnished with only a table and a chair, Florette Chelot became his top vendeuse--as much an adviser as a saleswoman. She witnessed the spectacular success of his first collection, and they worked closely for thirty years--until 1968, when Balenciaga abruptly closed his house without telling any of his staff. Youth-oriented fashion was taking over, Paris was in upheaval, and the elder statesman wanted no part of it. In The Master of Us All, Mary Blume tells the remarkable story of the man and his house through the eyes of the woman who knew him best. Intimate and revealing, this is an unprecedented portrait of a designer whose vision transformed an industry, but whose story has never been told until now"-- Provided by publisher.
"The sparkling life of the monumental fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga. A biography"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374298739
Branch Call Number: B B195
Characteristics: 228 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm


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May 02, 2015

I thought it a great read in that it didn't delve so much into his personal life (who cares about that) as much as his craft and his obsession with perfection and also knowing when not to stay too long at the fair and why he didn't leave a will and leave his companion to the mercy of his family who obviously didn't approve of his relationship is beyond me but what's done is done ahhh if only he applied that same care and attention to his companion than he did an armhole.


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