If you're over in the Big Apple, get set to let your fashion fantasies soar at the Spanish Institute, who are hosting an exhibition dedicated to Balenciaga. Known for bringing his olde worlde Hispanic aesthetic to 20th century Parisian style, Cristóbal Balenciaga is one of fashion's best-loved heroes – his signature black coats and dresses are still as iconic as ever.

Balenciaga: Spanish Master looks in-depth at the many ways the designer adopted and worked through his country's various cultural influences. Expect to see some simply beautiful pieces from the design house's archives set in amongst works of art from Spain's rich history.

It's on until February 2011, so whatever else you have on your must-see list this winter, make sure you've planned in a visit to catch a glimpse of a true master's work!


Balenciaga "Infata" evening dress, 1939
Copyright, R.J. Horst – Courtesy Staley/Wise Gallery, NYC.


Balenciaga evening dress and stole, 1952
Frances McLaughlin-Gill / Vogue; Copyright © Condé Nast


Courtesy of Queen Sofia Spanish Institute


Balenciaga Flamenco-Inspired Evening Dress, 1951
Henry Clarke / Vogue; Copyright © Condé Nast