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Evening gown

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

Object Place: France


119.4 cm (47 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; Satin

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


Purchased in Paris by donor's mother.

Credit Line

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


Reproduced with permission.