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On My Bookshelf: The Master of Us All: Balenciaga; His Workrooms, His World

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img-masterofusalljpg_185428967798.jpg_article_singleimageMartha often talks about how much she values and learns from people who are experts at what they do; people who work incredibly hard and who inspire and affect change. No one fits that description better than Balenciaga, who single-handedly changed the female silhouette with his designs and dressed some of the most fashion-forward celebrities of his time. That is why I was so excited to see Mary Blume's new book about his life and work.


The designer completely revolutionized the shape of women's clothing in the 1950s as his looser, flowing dresses replaced the tight defined waists of Dior's designs.

The really fascinating thing about Balenciaga is how fiercely private he was. He made sure his personal life was kept out of the public eye, and some of his most devoted clients never even met him. This book is the first publication about Balenciaga that taps into his personal life, and it's really inspiring. Blume tells his story through Florette Chelot, Balenciaga's saleswoman and adviser and one of the few people who was truly close to him. I loved how intimate the story felt, and I really enjoyed learning about such an influential and interesting designer. Definitely take a look.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25.

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Comments (2)

  • I so enjoy your blog.

    Besides Martha, you are my favourite.

    I never miss it.

    Susie W.

  • Wow! What a gorgeous man and that suit impeccable!

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