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In many respects, couture and sculpture have similar objectives. Harmony comes from balanced proportions, movement from the choice of materials.

Opting for fabrics with character, adapting his techniques to suit them, embracing the play and effects of light on black – no other colour gives such an inexhaustibly wide range of tones – and creating black silhouettes with uncertain outlines at a time when fashion was doing all it could to emphasize and accentuate the curves of the body, Cristobal Balenciaga’s urge to retain only the essence of a shape is probably more opportune than ever.

With the exhibition at the Musée Bourdelle entitled Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir the Palais Galliera pays homage to this couturier and the great, late 19th- and early 20th- century sculptor.