El Mundo de Balenciaga

El Mundo de Balenciaga
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Foreword by Ramon Vila de la Riva. Texts by Pauline de Rothschild, Maria Luz Morales, Cecil Beaton, Lorenzo Lopez Sancho et al.

Barcelona. Productoras Nacionales de Fibras Artificiales y Sinteticas. 1974. First edition. Tall wrappers, with yapp edges and french flaps. 2 printed glassine leaves, 112, [28] pages. Wrapper with a design by Joan Miro. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white images. 340 x 160mm (13 x 6"). 0.5kg. . Spanish. Very good; some slight shelf wear, with some light creasing to yapp edges of wrapper with a small nick at head of spine, slight browning to white wrappers.

A charming catalogue created for the exhibitions celebrating the life and work of Balenciaga held at the Palacio de Bibliotecas y Museos and the Salas de la Direccion General de Bellas Artes in Madrid. The catalogue offers some written tributes to the designer, including from Pauline de Rothschild and Cecil Beaton. Many of the clothes included in the shows are illustrated, starting with his first designs in 1934 to the final ones before the house closed in 1968. On the cover is an image called 'Portada' created especially for the catalogue by Joan Miro as a homage to his friend and contemporary.