Cristóbal Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons Get Paris Exhibits

Photos: Balenciaga Archives Paris | Eric Emo/Galliera/Roger-Viollet | Jean-François José/Comme des Garçons

On display: Balenciaga's 1947 dress and bolero set (left), an embroidered Spanish bolero from the 19th century (center), and a look from Comme des Garçons' Spring 2012 collection (right).

Here's one way to break the Friday the 13th curse: a tour of exquisite fashions owned by one of the most celebrated designers in history.

The ominous holiday marks the launch of "Cristóbal Balenciaga, Collector of Fashion" at Paris fashion museum Galliera, which is honoring the 40th anniversary of the Balenciaga founder's death with an exhibit of his prized collection of historical Spanish costumes.

Sponsored by Balenciaga and the PPR Group, the exhibit will unveil more than 70 Spanish pieces dating from the 18th to 20th centuries. What's more, 40 couture dresses and coats created by the designer from 1937 to 1968 will be on display alongside the antique capes, velvet boleros, and lace mantillas.

The exhibit will run in the Galliera's temporary location until October 7, but there's an advantage to making haste: The 13th also marks the opening of the museum's Rei Kawakubo exhibit, "White Drama," which will put her Comme des Garçons Spring 2012 collection on display.

We do so love Paris in the springtime...