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Woman's ensemble (jacket and dress)
Designed by Pierre Balmain (French, 1914–1982)
Jacket center back: 53.3 cm (21 in.) Dress center back: 99.1 cm (39 in.)
Medium or Technique
Jacket: Linen plain weave, silk cord, plastic buttons; silk plain weave lining. Dress: Linen plain weave, silk cord, plastic buttons; silk satin lining, metal zipper.
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Long-sleeved jacket of cream linen, trimmed at collar and cuffs with bias bands of navy blue linen and navy plastic buttons with cord loops. Horizontal seam at bust level, cream silk lining. Label at neck: “Pierre Balmain Paris”; tape on back of label with handwritten couture number: 143902. Sleeveless sheath dress of cream linen, trimmed at neck and hem with bias bands of navy blue linen and navy plastic buttons with cord loops. Pockets at the hip, metal zipper at center back, cream silk satin lining. Label at front waist: “Pierre Balmain Paris”; tape on 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)
Gift of Mrs. James M. Gavin