By   | GIRLS   |   21 June 2017
A Century of Balenciaga

The V&A’s latest fashion exhibition, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, captures the fashion house’s influential style. Here are the stand-out moments from each of its 10 decades

1920s Cristobal Balenciaga, 1927. The designer has never had the profile of Coco Chanel or Christian Dior, but his work has been more influential. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Getty Images

1930s Balenciaga presents his first haute couture collection at his Paris salon at 10 Avenue George Saint. The crepe dress featured was shot for a 1937 Vogue shoot. His first Vogue cover wasn’t until 1950. Photograph: Andre Durst/Condé Nast via Getty Images

1940s Balenciaga evening wear featured bold colours, architectural shapes and the clever manipulation of fabrics, such as this black slipper satin with yellow faille draped overskirt from the spring 1948 collection. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images

1950s The zebra-crossing woollen coat with cape detail from Balenciaga, 1955. Photograph: PA

1960s Balenciaga designed the new Air France stewardess uniforms the same year he presented his last Paris collection before retiring and closing the fashion house, 1968. Photograph: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

1970s Diana Vreeland shows off a one-seam coat by Balenciaga. In the spring of 1973, Vreeland joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art as special consultant to the Costume Institute. One of her first legendary exhibitions was “The World of Balenciaga”. Photograph: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive

1980s Head designer Josephus Melchior Thimister’s take on Cristobal Balenciaga’s semi-fitted tailoring, 1989. Photograph: ARNAL/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

1990s Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut collection for Balenciaga, a modest, predominately black collection that clearly showed Ghesquière’s talent for graphic silhouettes, 1998. Photograph: Guy Marineau/Conde Nast via Getty Images

2000s Kate Moss attends the Mario Testino exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery wearing a scene-stealing Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, 2002. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

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