Cocktail Dress

ca. 1960 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Evening Dress
  • Belt
  • Jacket
Materials and Techniques
Brocaded velvet, lined with silk taffeta
Brief Description
Cocktail dress, jacket and belt of brocaded velvet, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, ca. 1960
Physical Description
Cocktail dress, jacket and belt of black velvet brocaded with a pattern of floral sprays and lined with black silk taffeta.
Credit line
Bequeathed by Mrs Fern Bedaux
Historical context
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.

Production
Possibly the end of the 1950s - attributed by Madame Jouve, archivist at Balenciaga
Associations
Collection
Accession Number
T.747 to B-1972

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record createdFebruary 14, 2005
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