View of San Sebastián, Circa 1930
King Alfonso XIII of Spain Visiting Bilbao, 1920
Portable Beach House of King Alphonse XIII Being Moved in San Sebastián, 1910
The historic Basque coastal town of San Sebastián. Ever since Doña Isabel II, Queen of the Spains first took the waters in 1845 San Sebastián played host to the Spanish court and Spain's summering aristocracy. It was here that Cristobal Balenciaga opened his first maison de couture in 1915.
Very apt, given Balenciaga's well known fascination with the aristocracy. Which has oft been surmised to be nothing more than an indelible snobbery. A fairer interpretation would be that Balenciaga was in fact fascinated with nobility and all that it entailed.
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