February 20th, 2024 marks the official launch of a multi-faceted collaboration between Balenciaga and the late award-winning American composer and arranger Angelo Badalamenti (March 22nd, 1937–December 11th, 2022). The project began in May 2020, before Badalamenti’s passing, and is being released as a tribute in his honor in partnership with his alma-mater, Manhattan School of Music, and his daughter, Danielle Badalamenti.

As part of the Balenciaga Music Series, an original playlist curated by Badalamenti featuring his works will be available on balenciaga.com/angelobadalamenti. Limited-edition Balenciaga Music | Angelo Badalamenti merchandise, including T-shirts and sweatshirts with graphics from Badalamenti’s “Torch Theme,” will be in selected stores and online. The campaign was shot in New York at the Manhattan School of Music, involving students and Badalamenti’s family.

A partnership with Manhattan School of Music and Dr. Reiko Fueting, head of the composition department, will be announced. It includes a master class sponsored by Balenciaga where students can create works inspired by Badalamenti's legacy. The masterclass is free for current Manhattan School of Music students.

Badalamenti, renowned for film scores and pop collaborations, received his degrees from Manhattan School of Music in the 1950s. He collaborated closely with director David Lynch, notably on the film Blue Velvet in 1986, and won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the Twin Peaks theme.

Discover the playlist here.