The Thyssen Museum in Madrid is presenting a private collection of one of Spains (and the worlds) most admired and influential fashion designers, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Each dress is paired along with the tradition of 16th- to 20th-century Spanish painting. My sister and her husband are currently traveling in Spain and had a unique opportunity to visit the exhibition alongside Sonsoles Diez de Rivera, a family friend and muse of Balenciaga himself. 

Sonsoles is a woman who started wearing Haute Couture at the age of seven and whose communion costume was personally made for her by Balenciaga This is a woman who knows what elegance is. Here she is on the left with her mother and sister. 

Sonsoles’ Wedding Dress by Balenciaga

Sonsoles and Balenciaga with her dress.

Can’t make it to Madrid? No problem! The Thyssen Museum offers a virtual tour on their website.