The Triumphant Rebirth of Balenciaga Couture

Demna Gvasalia takes on the legacy of the master. Chitose Abe of Sacai takes on Jean Paul Gaultier. And Viktor & Rolf take on royalty. Reckoning with history in Paris.

PARIS — The ivory carpet was back. So were the ivory walls, with scroll bas-reliefs framing each curtained door; the marble staircase; the strict, anticipatory, hush in the air. Ssshhh. Take your seats. Respect the artist.

Fifty-three years after Cristóbal Balenciaga closed the doors of his couture salon for the last time, Demna Gvasalia was reopening them, recreating the rooms as precisely as possible, picking up where the man generally known as the greatest couturier of them all had left off.

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