What inspired so much to write about Balenciaga’s “hermetic” nature?


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Carmen Martín Madrid, Dec 9 (EFE).- A series, an exhibition and two books about Cristóbal Balenciaga once again put him at the epicenter of the news. “Where does so much come from to film or write about him? asks Sonsoles Díez de Rivera, custodian of the legacy of the seamstress from Guetaria (northern Spain), who assures that he was “hermetic” with his life.

“Everything is already told , there is nothing more to tell,” Díez de Rivera, founding patron of the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum in Guetaria, a town in the Basque province of Guipúzcoa, tells EFE. She defends that interest in Balenciaga has always existed because, in addition to being synonymous with “elegance and beauty”, he never sought fame, only the prestige of what was well done.

“Balenciaga was never an accessible person: he granted one or two interviews in his entire life, he was reserved, he preferred his sewing, his creations, to talk.” For this reason, Sonsoles Díez de Rivera finds it difficult to understand “where so much documentation and statements come from to write or make films and series about him.”

Balenciaga will have a series, created by Lourdes Iglesias, starring Alberto San Juan, and directed by three Gipuzkoans Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga. It has in the cast Belén Cuesta in the role of the aristocrat Fabiola de Mora y Aragón; Josean Bengoetxea (businessman Nicolás Bizkarrondo), Cecilia Solaguren (his wife, Virgilia Mendizabal), Adam Quintero (Ramón Esparza, collaborator of the designer), Thomas Coumans (Wladzio D’Attainville, partner and partner of Balenciaga), Anouk Grinberg (Coco Chanel ) or Anna-Victoire Olivier (Audrey Hepburn).

But not even all that technical beauty convinces Díez de Rivera, who assures that he will not watch the series. “I’m afraid that they are not going to represent the essence of Balenciaga, they are going to emphasize an aspect that is not important,” says one of the people who knows the most about the couturier and his way of working and making a suit “with two seams and it was perfect.

Before the premiere of the series, to prepare the viewer, Disney has organized the ‘Cristóbal Balenciaga’ exhibition, which will open on December 21 at the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid. Visitors will be able to see different rooms that represent the key moments in the designer’s life reflected in each of the six episodes of the series: from his beginnings in Paris in 1937, when he presented his first haute couture collection, through his workshops Madrid and the Basque city of San Sebastián and his consecration as one of the most important designers of all time.

Two new books have also been recently written about him. ‘The Balenciaga Enigma’ (Plaza & Janes), by María Fernández-Miranda and ‘That Summer in Paris’ (Ediciones B), by José Luis Díez-Garde. “All books are repetitive,” says Díez de Rivera, the oldest collector in Spain of the designer’s models. The only one he has read has been ‘Cristóbal Balenciaga: the master’s forge’, by Miren Arzalluz, an expert in sewing and who was a curator at the Guetaria museum.

“It was well documented, it told the entire career of the seamstress until his arrival in Paris.” Díez de Rivera thinks that Cristóbal Balenciaga would be “horrified” with everything that is said about him and also what his signature has become – “today it is just a label” -. “Balenciaga’s current clothing – under the creative direction of Demna Gvasalia – is creepy. It’s even scary, it’s like something for Halloween,” laments Díez de Rivera, who believes that the designer’s brand was only a little better with Nicolas Ghesquière.

None has achieved what Balenciaga, who said that the fabrics spoke to him: “He would throw them over his arm and depending on how they fell, he knew how he had to cut them, which is why his designs do not deform, they are perfectly balanced.” “Cristobal would be horrified if he saw what was being done in his firm,” says Diez de Rivera, who says that if Balenciaga were now practicing his profession he would do “a modern and wonderful thing, he would adapt to the times.” . EFEcm/agf-srm/msh/jgb(Photo)

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