Skirt Suit

ca. 1960 (made)
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Place Of Origin

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

object details
Object Type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Jacket
  • Skirt
Materials and Techniques
Woollen tweed, lined with silk taffeta
Brief Description
Jacket and skirt of woollen tweed, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, ca. 1960
Physical Description
Jacket and skirt suit of turquoise blue and green woollen tweed. Both are lined with turquoise silk taffeta.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Balenciaga, 10 Avenue George V, Paris' (Black on white label inside centre back of jacket collar)
  • '75218' (Hand-written number on back of label)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Mrs Fern Bedaux
Object history
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
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.
Bibliographic Reference
L'Officiel, 1960
Other Number
75218 - Number on label
Accession Number

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record createdFebruary 14, 2005
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