Bendigo Art Gallery To Host Balenciaga Fashion Exhibition

Bendigo Art Gallery To Host Balenciaga Fashion Exhibition

Victoria Minister for Tourism Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula

Bringing Balenciaga To Bendigo

Victor P Taffa

Bendigo’s proud history of attracting exclusive international showstoppers is set to continue with an exhibition celebrating one of the world’s best fashion designers to open at the Bendigo Art Gallery, thanks to support from the Andrews Government.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced the Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition, set to bring 50,000 people to Bendigo, with funding through the Andrews Government’s Regional Events Fund.

“This exciting collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is a testament to regional Victoria’s standing as an international arts destination.” Minister for Tourism Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said.

Known as the master of haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga was one of the most innovative and influential fashion designers of the last century.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is a collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum London and the Bendigo Art Gallery, and will showcase over 100 garments and hats crafted by Balenciaga, his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way.

“We’re proud to be supporting events like Shaping Fashion, attracting visitors to our region and capitalising on Bendigo’s tourism strengths.” Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said.

Alongside these iconic garments, fashionistas can also study archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage, providing a unique insight into Balenciaga’s salons and workrooms.

Bendigo Art Gallery is no stranger to presenting must-see international exhibitions, with the likes of 20th Century Fox’s Marilyn Monroe in 2016 and Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits currently on display.

Andrews Government’s $20 Million Regional Events Fund helps rural and regional towns across Victoria secure a strong calendar of events to create local jobs and boost regional businesses.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will run from 17 August to 10 November 2019.