Sunday, September 12, 2010

Balenciaga in Bilbao

floral top- Bershka ( summer sales 2010), belt- Zara, bag- Longchamp, shoes and ring- random stores

Remember my promise more than a week ago about visiting Bilbao to see the original works of Cristóbal Balenciaga in the Museum of Fine Arts? Well, I´ve  finally fulfilled it today ( Sunday). The hubz invited me there and I had an amazing time inspectioning the dresses and coats in the collection. Too bad picture taking wasn´t allowed and so this is the only thing I´m showing you:

Gosh, I mean really gosh! The collection was so elegant and well-preserved! It´s a 35 -piece collection of haute couture from the 1950s to the late 1960s loaned by the Regional Basque Gov´t and the Cristóbal Balenciaga Foundation. Highlights for me are the 1950s sequined cocktail dress,a silk wedding gown with veil, another cocktail dress embroidered  with green and gold threading and adorned with green precious stones, two 1960s dresses with ikat ( the rage nowadays) floral prints, a lace dress in gray and my favorite of all a white dress in guipore (a type of lace design/edging, I think). The coats  and capes are reminiscent of today, which means that what we´re having right now are designs which date back to more than half a century!

You can see an older collection (1920s/30s ) of his works inside the textile and arts museum at the Palace of Pedralbes(in Barcelona). Since I was able to visit that too and photo taking was allowed, you can see some pictures here.  But don´t just leave this page yet. ;)

Anyway, after the oohs and aahhs as I stop by one dress after another (with the hubz following me stoically in the background,hahahha!) we passed by Guggenheim to take picture of my favorite stuffed puppy. Stuffed because he´s literally stuffed/planted with lots pretty flowers! He´s so colorful  and so HUGE, noh? ;)

blazer- thrifted
I´ve been to Bilbao a lot of times but I only stayed downstairs. Uptairs is another story. Below is a birds eye view of the city from the top of the Artxanda hill.
Trivia: That river over there is where the opening scene of the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough was filmed.

We went uphill riding the funicular. While going to the funicular station, the hubz was already grumbling that I walk too slow and so at the end of the trip I was already wearing flats. lol! The Longchamp is a feet saver! ;)

Goofy ME! I look really weird with my tongue out. The hubz told me later that I stole his favorite pose. hahaha!

So how was your weekend, my fashionistas?

Hugs for now,

Che :)

PS: To see a bigger version of the photos( except those with my face because my eyebags are on the loose), just click on them. :)


RC and Mommy said...

Bilbao looks so nice. The view is breathtaking I love the casual outfit you're wearing.

i want to see more of your goofy photos, hehe

Rose said...

Ha my bf always says I walk too slow too. We dont, its just they walk too fast ;)
Im liking your outfit, the floral shirt is pretty.
And the birds eye view is awesome. Is that puppy stuffed with real flowers?


MarchMusings said...

You had a really good weekend. Would've loved to see that exhibition

janettaylor said...

Hehe! I have a same bag with long handle. :)

Jing said...

wow naman ate che!this one is my favorite outfit of,comfy and chic!3 C's! my weekend was one of the best pero no photos kay i left my camera sa apartment.sayang wala koy pangblog.=(
i wanna see more of this kind na outfit te!gwapa kau ka.miss u.mwah.

Dredd said...

I really love all your travel post... it's like reading a travel magazine ;). Your outfit is so CHIC!


Sherin said...

I really love your shorts. They're the perfect pair.
Bilbao does look like a beautiful place.

sweet said...

Oh the place is really wonderful...and I love your top...and shorts....this will be one of my favorite outfits!!! so gorgeous!!!!


kirstyb said...

lovely outfit and the shoes look great xxxx

Leia said...

I love your floral top! And of course your Longchamp! Sounds like a great weekend :)


Elle Sees said...

mine was great...go to my page to see! :)

Meream said...

Oh I am jealous!

I can just imagine your hubby following you around. Hahaha

Dressing Up For Me said...

@ Rose: Yes, the puppy is stuffed/planted with real flowers. :)

Gayle is Volatile said...

Eeek! Really? Sorry :) I should have done my research :D

-Gayle from

michelle_ said...

loving those printed top !!

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rebecca said...

i'd love to go to that exhibition! it sounds so, so good (:

Rebecca Rose said...

cute cute outfit!!! gala ka talaga hehe!!! Thanks for sharing your travel adventures with us.