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

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1960 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded velvet, lined with silk taffeta

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Fern Bedaux

  • Museum number:

    T.747 to B-1972

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cocktail dress, jacket and belt of black velvet brocaded with a pattern of floral sprays and lined with black silk taffeta.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1960 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Brocaded velvet, lined with silk taffeta

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

Cocktail dress, jacket and belt of brocaded velvet, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, ca. 1960

Production Note

Possibly the end of the 1950s - attributed by Madame Jouve, archivist at Balenciaga

Materials

Velvet; Silk taffeta

Techniques

Brocade; Weaving

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Evening wear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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