Last Friday the Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert museum was the focal point of the latest Fashion in Motion event. The Fashion in Motion project, which started in 1999, is an initiative by the V&A that involves a series of live catwalk shows featuring leading designers from across the world. In anticipation of the upcoming ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ exhibition, the latest Fashion in Motion show was held in honour of the Spanish fashion legend. A selection of Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Design and BA Fashion Print students were chosen to create a unique collection inspired by the archives of the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum in Getaria, Spain.

The collection was an eclectic mix of various fabrics, eye-catching prints and bold shapes. Each designer used different Balenciaga references in their work, from the couturier’s Spanish heritage to his famous unconventional silhouettes. Although every piece stood out in its own way, a dramatic gown made from plastic and recycled materials specifically sparked our interest. The dress was tight around the waist and at the back a meters long veil gracefully slid down the catwalk. This remarkable design was made by talented BA Fashion and Design Womenswear student Alagyane Blair. “I used 4000 bin bags and 6000 hairpins to make this,” he explains. “My one bedroom apartment looked like a dump during the process.” He was particularly inspired by how the front and the back were never the same in Balenciaga’s designs. Alagyane was not the only one who paid great homage to the Spanish designer with his creation; all of the upcoming talents celebrated Balenciaga’s incredible legacy with their uniquely updated design classics.

The Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition will open on Saturday, 27th of May at the Victoria & Albert museum.

Words by Sara Blanken

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