New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's blue and brown stiff paper wraps lettered in white.
Exhibition catalog for a retrospective of the work of legendary Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga, organized by Diana Vreeland in her capacity as special consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, her first exhibit (March 23 - June 30, 1973). "All women search for their special identity. All women have sleeping qualities of luxury and mystery. Balenciaga brought the body and dress together in harmony and suddenly a woman found herself in perfect rhythm with the universe. She found herself in delectable colors and combinations and almost impossible perfection. He loved the coquetry of lace and ribbon, of floating taffeta and racy day clothes cut with such gusto and flair of tailoring as the Western world has never known" (from Vreeland's short essay). Illustrated with several black-and-white drawings, and with numerous black-and-white photos by fashion photographers such as Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Irving Penn, David Bailey and others. With a detailed list of clothes in the exhibit and their lenders, and quotes from some of Balenciaga's haute couture clientele. Bilingual text in English and Spanish. Errata slip laid in at p.49. Small inkstain to fore-edge, lightest rubbing to spine-ends. Near fine. Item #1434