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Evening gown

French
about 1959
Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish (active in France), 1895–1972)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

119.4 cm (47 in.)

Accession Number

1986.53

Medium or Technique

Silk; Satin

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Strapless 4.5” wide Empire-style bodice of pale yellow silk satin decorated with two pale pink silk roses; boned. Triple back closure of hooks, eyes and snaps, completed with a pale yellow silk satin noeud with lappets. Balloon skirt of lemon yellow silk faille (horizontal direction) attaches to the bodice in small gathers. Below the bodice, the skirt is ornamented by two small artificial rose twigs with a single bud. Petticoat of white net, and an under petticoat of white taffeta with the hemline stiffened with nylon net. Condition: very good; slightly soiled, especially at hemline. Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972), no label.

Provenance

Purchased in Paris by donor's mother.

Credit Line

Donated by Varney Thompson Elliott and Rosemary Thompson Franciscus in memory of Margaret Whitney Thompson

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.