Acting director Gaye Harrington. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

The Bendigo Art Gallery will welcome a new exhibition from August, with Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion set for a near three month stint at the gallery to round out an eventful year.

With the Tudors to Windsors exhibition in full swing, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion showcases more than 100 garments and hats crafted by famed Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga and his proteges.

Alongside iconic garments, fashionistas can also study archive sketches, patterns, photographs, fabric samples and catwalk footage, providing a unique insight into Balenciaga’s salons and workrooms.

Bendigo Art Gallery’s acting director Gaye Harrington said Bendigo is the exclusive venue for this exhibition in Australia.

“This exhibition has been in the pipeline for a couple of years,” Ms Harrington said.

“We are very excited about what we are able to bring to audiences,” she said.

Senior curator Leanne Fitzgibbon has been working tirelessly alongside the Victoria and Albert Museum London to prepare the exhibition.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to announce the Balenciaga exhibition to the public,” Ms Fitzgibbon said. 

The new exhibition is expected to draw visitors from across the country, particularly given the recent Qantas flights between Bendigo and Sydney.

“We think the Qantas flights are a fantastic thing for Bendigo. The opportunity for people to come from Sydney to see a regional gallery is fantastic,” Ms Harrington said.

Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events Martin Pakula is excited about what this latest exhibition means for tourism in the region.

“Tourism in regional Victoria contributes $7.5 billion to the state’s economy and employs more than 85,000 people. We’re proud to support exhibitions that keep our regional tourism industry thriving,” Mr Pakula said.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will run from Saturday, 17 August to Sunday, 10 November at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

Tickets are now available at the Bendigo Art Gallery or online.