Monday, July 18, 2011

Going to Church with Balenciaga

Cecil Beaton once called some of the late great Balenciaga’s dresses as ‘ceremonial sheaths’ and nothing could be more apt than describing some of the latest offerings from the house.

The campaign for fall winter 2011 shot in the vaulted rooms of a gothic church; translate into an almost religious experience for avid Balenciaga followers.

Shot by Steven Meisel, the shoot took place in a Harlem church, of which the overall effect is architectural, graphic and angular. Balenciaga was never romantic, and it is nice to see the house updating some classics into the 21st century. Nicolas Ghesquière has gone back to the archives with some strong statement pieces that are instantly recognisable as Balenciaga.

Overall this is going to be a strong season for the house, with something for everyone.


  1. I just love Balenciaga! A Mr. Ghesquiere is doing a fantastic job!

    The Black Label

  2. Those shoes are fabulous- and the pattern on the bottoms of the last photo is my favorite.

  3. wow...I thought these were vintage until I read your post.

  4. Hello David:
    The setting of the church is, we feel, most appropriate and adds to the clothes a somewhat gaunt, monastic look which suits them admirably.

  5. This campaign is beautifully shot. Ah those vaulted arches....

  6. I've had a crush on him for years, and especially after meeting him in Montauk in '07 or '08. Adorable.

  7. Love it.. I would go to church for Balenciaga haha..

    All the best, Angel

  8. Great campaign.. Joan of Arc came to my mind while looking at these beautiful shots!

  9. Javaom, I had never thought of that.

    Angel, are you having an revelation?

    Bell, the architecture and the arches are very monastic!

    Syrious, many thanks!

    Jane and Lance, Beaton had the same thoughts.

    Harry, many thanks

    Jason, fooled you didn't I?

    Ren and Andy, your comments are always so appreciated!


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