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Skirt suit

Skirt suit

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1960 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woollen tweed, lined with silk taffeta

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Fern Bedaux

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Jacket and skirt suit of turquoise blue and green woollen tweed. Both are lined with turquoise silk taffeta.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


ca. 1960 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Woollen tweed, lined with silk taffeta

Marks and inscriptions

'Balenciaga, 10 Avenue George V, Paris'
Black on white label inside centre back of jacket collar

Hand-written number on back of label

Object history note

This suit was shown in L'Officiel magazine, October 1960. The Legion of Honour award, marked by the red ribbon, is France's highest civil award.

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

Jacket and skirt of woollen tweed, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, ca. 1960

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

L'Officiel, 1960


Wool; Silk taffeta




Fashion; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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