Haute Couture in the Basque Country: Visiting the Balenciaga Museum Reply

Balenciaga Museum Getaria

Judy Graeme writes for LAobserved.com–I have to thank LACMA Costume and Textiles curator Kaye Spilker for pointing me toward what turned out to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of my recent trip to the French and Spanish Basque country.

While chatting with Spilker in late August, I mentioned that my upcoming travel plans included a day trip to San Sebastian, just across the Spanish border from where I would be staying with family in Biarritz. She suggested that, if time allowed, I should check out the museum devoted solely to one of the greatest couturier’s of the 20th century, Spanish-born Cristóbal Balenciaga.

The museum is located in Getaria, a fishing village 20 minutes drive from San Sebastian. Accessible by a coastal road along the Bay of Biscay, charming Getaria dates from the Middle Ages and is known today for its beaches, delicious grilled fish and the signature wine of the region, Getariako Txakolina. Getaria is also known for being Balenciaga’s birthplace.



One to Watch: High-Flying Spanish Model Nerea Arce Reply

Nerea Arce model

Summer Fashion Special: Bathing Suits

Fansshare.com–Another weekend is over, another Monday is here so, what better way to celebrate the start of another week, than by giving you another beautiful model as our One to Watch for today. We have given you a lot of different models from all over the world over the years, yet there have not exactly been many Spanish models on our lists, which had a big influence on our choice for today. 

We know for a fact that there will be quite a few of you out there who have already heard of the Spanish model Nerea Arce, especially if you are into your modelling. Nerea Arce has been in the modelling industry for quite a few years now, working with a lot of big names in modelling and, as some of you will no doubt already know, she finished third in the 2007 Miss Spain contest.


Spanish Fashion on The Way to the Top Reply

Zara Kids Spain

Jürg Rupp writes for Textile World.com–Spain’s economy is leaving its financial crisis with a lot of problems, but the fashion industry is permanently recording new success stories. In 2013, the Spanish apparel industry exported products and services worth nearly 20 billion euros, representing an increase of 47 percent since the beginning of the crisis in 2008. Shops bearing the labels Zara, Mango and Desigual have conquered the top league of fashion around the globe.

Zara As A Pioneer
It was the Inditex daughter company Zara that showed the Spaniards the way. The textile giant has emphasized export markets for a long time. The international conquest started in 1988 in Porto, Portugal, where the first Zara store was opened beyond Spanish borders. Today, 26 years later, the group has 6,300 shops in 87 countries and a global turnover of 16.7 billion euros. Meanwhile, Inditex earns only 19 percent of its revenue in Spain; ten years ago, it was 46 percent.


The Balenciaga Fashion Story Reply

Fashions by Balenciaga

By Livingly Staff on January 27, 2014–Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first boutique in San Sebastián, Spain, in 1914, which expanded to include branches in Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish royal family and the aristocracy wore his designs, but when the Spanish Civil War forced him to close his stores, Balenciaga moved to Paris. Balenciaga opened his Paris couture house on Avenue George V in August 1937, and his first runway show featured designs heavily influenced by the Spanish Renaissance. Balenciaga’s success in Paris was nearly immediate. More…