The Disney+ production created by Lourdes Iglesias, Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenagan will consist of six episodes and is scheduled for release on January 19.
The narrative is set in 1937, coinciding with the presentation in Paris of Balenciaga’s first Haute Couture collection. From that moment on, we will witness the evolution of the fashion genius, exploring the personal, creative and mysterious aspects surrounding him.
With Alberto San Juan as the protagonist, playing an enigmatic Balenciaga who challenged the social norms of his time and revolutionized the world of fashion, throughout the series we will also meet iconic figures such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. In addition, some of the collaborators, assistants and characters close to Balenciaga’s life will have a prominent place in the plot.
Of note are Belén Cuesta as Fabiola de Mora y Aragón, queen consort of the Belgians; Josean Bengoetxea and Cecilia Solaguren as Nicolás Bizkarrondo and Virgilia Mendizabal; Adam Quintero as the couturier’s collaborator Ramón Esparza; Thomas Coumans as Wladzio D’Attainville, Balenciaga’s partner and partner; and Gemma Whelan as the journalist Prudence Glynn of The Times. Anouk Ginberg plays the iconic Coco Chanel; Gabrielle Lazure is the legendary Carmel Snow, fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar and responsible for christening Dior’s creations the “New Look” style; Nine d’Urso plays the role of model Colette, Balenciaga’s muse; and Anna-Victoire Olivier plays actress Audrey Hepburn.
Costume direction is by Oscar-nominated Bina Daigeler and the collaboration with costume designer Pepo Ruiz Dorado. The behind-the-scenes crew is full of outstanding professionals, ensuring a high quality show both in front of and behind the camera. In addition, the series will be accompanied by a soundtrack composed by Alberto Iglesias, winner of multiple Goya awards and Oscar nominee on several occasions. The art direction by Mikel Serrano and the makeup under the direction of Karmele Soler promise a unique visual look.
“Cristóbal Balenciaga began when the designer presented his first haute couture collection in Paris in 1937. Behind him was a successful career in his ateliers in Madrid and San Sebastian, dressing the Spanish elite and aristocracy. However, the designs that set trends in Spain did not quite work in the sophisticated fashion empire that Paris has become, where Chanel, Dior and Givenchy are the benchmark of haute couture. Guided by his obsession for control in all aspects of his life, Cristobal Balenciaga will define his style and end up becoming one of the most important designers of all time,” says the official synopsis.
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