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The Master of Us All
Author: Mary Blume

ISBN: 9780374298739
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1 June 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.5 x 2.2
Description:
A sparkling life of the monumental fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga


When Cristobal 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 was, said Schiaparelli, "the only designer who dares do what he likes." He was, said Christian Dior,"the master of us all."

But despite his extraordinary impact, Balenciaga 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-Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, a clutch of Rothschilds-never met him.

But one woman knew Balenciaga very well indeed. The first person he hired when he opened his Paris house (then furnished with only a table and a stool) was Florette Chelot, who 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 more than thirty years, until 1968, when Balenciaga abrup...

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