Thumbnail-size images of copyrighted artworks are displayed under fair use, in accordance with guidelines recommended by the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, published by the College Art Association in February 2015.

Woman's suit

about 1961
Designed by Pierre Balmain (French, 1914–1982)


Center back (jacket): 66 cm (26 in.) Center front (skirt): 66 cm (26 in.) Length (belt): 102.9 cm (40 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Jacket: wool twill weave, silk plain-weave lining. Skirt: wool twill weave, silk satin weave lining, metal zipper. Suede belt.

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Long-sleeved jacket of brown and black plaid wool, cut on bias, tucked shawl collar, inset side panels, one snap at front. Five released tucks at back waist. Label at neck: “Pierre Balmain Paris.” Tape attached to back of label with faint printed couture number: 14?694. Dark brown silk plain-weave lining. Knee-length A-line skirt of brown and black plaid wool, cut on bias; diagonal seam and metal zipper closure at side (following grain of fabric). Black silk satin lining with separate zipper. No label. Dark brown suede tie belt with shaped ends.


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