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

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    February 1961 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk organza, printed, with a silk lining

  • Credit Line:

    Worn and given by Baroness Alain de Rothschild

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

White silk organza printed with purple carnation pinks, over a pink silk lining. The fitted bodice is sleeveless with a low round neck at the front and a deep V-neck at the back. The skirt is bell-shaped with a bouffant effect at the hips.
There is a centre back fastening of poppers, hooks and a zip, with a black velvet bow trimming at the waist. There are white silk and net petticoats attached at the waist.
a - a small triangular scarf of the same material.
b & c - gloves.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


February 1961 (Made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Silk organza, printed, with a silk lining

Marks and inscriptions

Balenciaga, 10 Avenue George V, Paris

Printed on back of label

Object history note

Worn and given by Baroness Alain de Rothschild. Worn by the donor at Versailles for the State visit of the President and Mrs Kennedy in 1961.

Mary Germaine Nathalie (nee Chauvin de Treuil), Baronne de Rothschild (1916- ), wife of banker Baron Alain de Rothschild. She was a very fashionable woman in Parisian society, known to Beaton from the international circuit. Beaton persuaded the Baroness to donate some of her dresses to the museum, and sketches he did of her are held at the National Portrait Gallery.

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

Cecil Beaton, Fashion: an anthology (London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1971)


Organza; Silk


Weaving; Printing; Pinking


Fashion; Clothing

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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