V&A to Open A Balenciaga-Inspired Museum in London’s East End

Cristobal Balenciaga is the inspiration behind the second V&A museum that’s set to be built in East London, reports the Evening Standard.

The building, that will be in Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford, will be wrapped in a layer like a dress designed by the couturier. Architect practice O’Donnell + Tuomey was influenced by Balenciaga, with the team studying one of the most popular items in the V&A’s show, an X-ray of a silk evening gown showing the structure.


The company will adapt Balenciaga’s signature architectural designs that draped the body seamlessly to create an outwardly effortless-looking garment.

Tristram Hunt, director of the museum, told the Evening Standard: “V&A East will revolutionise how our world-class collections are accessed, create a new museum, and open up opportunities for collaboration, learning and discovery in ways we’ve never been able to before.”

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Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, unveiled the designs for the £1.1 billion transformation, which will also hold the BBC’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC Singers and host Proms performances.

Khan said: “My vision for East Bank is one where everyone, regardless of their background, can access world-class culture and education on their doorstep.”

“East Bank is a fantastic collaboration of inter-disciplinary work and world-class institutions that will drive forward growth and inspire more young Londoners to take up creative careers, transforming the communities of east London.”

The site plans will be open by 2023.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK