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Balenciaga's last town to showcase life of Spain's most élite fashionista
21 April 2021 @ 11:21

A COSTA Blanca town where a world-renowned haute couture designer passed away will host a unique one-off exhibition of his life and works to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. 

Balenciaga's creations were often inspired by Spain's most famous artists - like these shown in an exhibition at one of Madrid's ‘Big Three’ art galleries, the Thyssen-Bornemizsa (photo taken by the museum)

Cristóbal Balenciaga Eizaguirre was born in Guetaria in the Basque province of Guipúzcoa, the capital of which is Vitoria, on January 21, 1895, and died two months and two days after his 77th birthday in 1972, in Jávea, northern Alicante province.

Although Jávea council is planning the exhibition for the year 2022, to mark the half-century of his demise in the last-ever town he holidayed in, this will not coincide with the exact date – it will take place in summer, to increase the number of potential visitors and give as many people as possible a chance to find out more about an iconic fashionista whose pieces still retail and grace the catwalks today.

Jávea's population typically trebles over the summer months as tourists from Spain and abroad, and holiday home owners, move in to enjoy the cosmopolitan bustle of this low-rise historical coastal town overlooked by the Montgó mountain nature reserve, over 750 metres up.




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