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Woman's dress



Center back: 106.7 cm (42 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave (chiffon) and velvet

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Sleeveless black cocktail or short evening dress of silk chiffon over cream silk satin lining, with draped neckline front and back, attached wide velvet belt, and silk chenille ball fringe at hem. Skirt hangs from cream silk grosgrain waistband inside. Metal zipper, hooks and eyes, and snaps; hem faced with machine lace. Label at front waist: “Pierre Balmain Paris”; tape attached to back of label with illegible handwritten couture number.


Purchased by the donor, Jean Gavin, from Pierre Balmain between 1961-1962; Gift to MFA (Accession Date: January 23, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James M. Gavin