Since summer 2011, fashion pilgrims have yet another must-visit destination - Getaria. A small fishing town in Basque province is the native town of the legendary Spanish designer and modernist Cristóbal Balenciaga and now also a hometown to Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, opened under the auspices of the French fashion haute couture master Hubert de Givenchy. This modernist-style building once served as a summer residence to Marquesa de Casa Torres, said to have allowed the 11-year-old Cristóbal, a fisherman's son who learned tailoring in nearby San Sebastian, to copy her Parisian dresses. Balenciaga's Spanish triumph lasted for 19 years and was interrupted by the Civil War in 1936. He moved to Paris then, but in 1968 abruptly closed his house there, even without warning his most loyal clients. During the entire of his career, Balenciaga never gave a single interview. Balenciaga loved to play with volumes and tried to reduce the amount of seams to the minimum, being the reason why he was dubbed "the monk of fashion". He was a sculptor and painter in fashion, working not with bronze, plaster or paints, but expressing himself in garments.
Opening of Balenciaga's museum was among the most emotional events on the Spanish fashion scene - many descendants of aristocratic Spanish families had donated Balenciaga gowns of their private collections to the museum. The most impressive room is the last one, where Balenciaga's most complex masterworks are digitally deconstructed and then, like puzzle- pieces, put back together on mini-videos.
Keywords: museum, Getaria