- 306 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
- Contents: Machine generated contents note: Getaria -- Jose Balenciaga and the Royal Summer -- Martina Eizaguirre and the Marques and Marquesa de Casa Torres -- The Marquees's Collection -- The Marquesa's Wardrobe -- Tailoring & Couture -- Confection -- San Sebastian -- The formative years -- Les Grands Magasins du Louvre in San Sebastian -- The First World War: from Bordeaux to the Cote des Basques -- Commercial Experience: Ventures and Accomplishments -- Balenciaga y Compania -- Cristobal Balenciaga -- Eisa Costura -- Republic and Royal Exile -- EISA B.E. - Expansion -- The Spanish Civil War: from San Sebastian to Paris, via London -- Influences -- Historicism and art in Paris -- The Work of Ignacio Zuloaga -- Japonisme, Vionnet and the Kimono -- Vionnet and her Interpretation of the Kimono -- The Kimono: an Essential Discovery -- Ukiyo-e Prints and Stylization of the Kimono.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: Today's global luxury brand Balenciaga owes its name and existence to one of the twentieth century's most innovative fashion designers, the internationally renowned Basque Cristobal Balenciaga. Miren Arzalluz's in-depth study reveals the roots of Balenciaga's Parisian success, unveiling his formative experiences and achievements in Spain against the backdrop of his social and cultural heritage. In extraordinary detail, this fascinating book examines how and where garments were made, and why some demonstrate the cutting edge of fashion while others may seem conservative. Arzalluz reveals the importance of family and friends, as well as patrons and employees in establishing Balenciaga's reputation and his sensitivity to the economic and political environment.