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Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

  • Aldamar Parkea 6 Map It
  • Getaria

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Although his fashion house lives on in Paris, the haute-couture maestro Cristóbel Balenciaga (1895–1972) was born in Getaria. This museum dedicated to his life is a must-see, not only for followers of fashion, but for anyone who believes in the transformative power of design. Situated in an achingly formal building adjacent to the Palacio Aldamar, its severe monolithic geometry is a fitting home for the "architectural" cut, drape, and form of Balenciaga’s astonishing, hand-tailored creations. The collection gathers together 1,200 pieces of suits, gowns, and accessories that represent his life’s work. “Balenciaga is a couturier in the truest sense of the word,” said Coco Chanel of her rival. “The others are simply fashion designers.”

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Aldamar Parkea 6, Getaria, 20808, Spain

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Sight Details:

  • €10
  • Nov.–Feb., Tues.–Fri. 10–3, weekends 10–5; Mar.–May and Oct., Tues.–Fri. and Sun. 10–5, Sat. 10–7; June and Sept., Tues.–Sun. 10–7; July and Aug., daily 10–7

Published 08/18/2015


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