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Evening dress
  • Evening dress
    Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972
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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    August 1952 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Velvet, lined with taffeta, net and grosgrain boned bodice, lined with chiffon

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Fern Bedaux

  • Museum number:

    T.746-1972

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Evening dress of black velvet. It has a V-neck, three-quarter length sleeves and a high bust line trimmed with a self covered bow at the centre front. It has a straight cut underskirt with a taffeta lined overskirt. The bodice has a separate boned, strapless brassiere of black net and grosgrain lined with chiffon with a label in black on white on the side. It fastens at the back with hooks and zips.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

August 1952 (made)

Artist/maker

Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Velvet, lined with taffeta, net and grosgrain boned bodice, lined with chiffon

Marks and inscriptions

'Balenciaga, 10 Avenue George V, Paris'
Label in black on white on the side of the bodice

'58.308'
Number hand-written on the back of the bodice label

Historical context note

This object is part of the collection of Mrs Fern Bedaux, given to the museum by Miss E Hanley, the heiress and niece of Mrs Bedaux. Mrs Bedaux purchased her whole wardrobe regularly from Balenciaga and the collection was very large; some was kept by Miss Hanley, some send to the Costume Museum in Bath; and some was received by the V&A.

Mrs Bedaux was the very wealthy widow of American millionaire office systems pioneer Charles Bedaux. Mr and Mrs Bedaux lived in the sixteenth century Chateau de Cand in France. The Duke of Windsor was married there after his abdication as King Edward VIII in 1936.

Descriptive line

Evening dress of velvet, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, August 1952

Production Note

Date and model number attributed by Madame Jouve, Balenciaga archivist

Materials

Velvet; Taffeta; Net; Chiffon

Techniques

Weaving

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Evening wear

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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