“Balenciaga is the only couturier in the most authentic sense of the word. The only one capable of cutting materials, putting together a creation sewing it by hand, while the rest are simply stylists.” Coco Chanel, a true fan of Cristobal Balenciaga, would be thrilled by the first full-scale exhibition to retrace the career of the refined Spanish stylist that continues to influence the World of Fashion. The Victoria & Albert Museum hosts Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, a voyage through the 1960s, the most productive period of the stylist that, besides dressing the most famous women of the time, from Ava Gardner to Mona von Bismarck, introduced her revolutionary and highly personalised vision of fashion to the runways of multiple generations. With her balloon skirt, tunic dress and baby-doll dress, the stylist from Getaria earned a top-place on the podium of high fashion. More than one-hundred dresses and around twenty hats - many of which have never been displayed in public - will be on display along with photographs, fabrics, short films and animated models that testify to the uncompromising vivacious creativity of Balenciaga. For the first time, visitors and the fashion addicted can admire, thanks to x-ray technology, the hidden details of the dresses and fabrics of the stylist that charmed, with her refined elegance, multiple generations.