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

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    February 1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Organza and applied discs lined with crepê

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Baroness Alain de Rothschild

  • Museum number:

    T.42-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Evening dress consisting of a tunic top of sea-green transparent discs and a skirt of matching colour organza. The top is straight-cut, hip length, has a high round neck and three quarter length sleeves. It is lined with pink crepê. The skirt is attached to the top by the bodice lining. It is straight cut and ankle-length.

The dress has a centre back zip fastening in the lining and press studs in the tunic.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

February 1968 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Organza and applied discs lined with crepê

Object history note

Worn and given by Baroness Alain de Rothschild.

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.

Descriptive line

Evening dress of organza and applied discs, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, February 1968.

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

Cecil Beaton, Fashion: an anthology (London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1972)

Materials

Organza; Crepe; Sequins

Techniques

Weaving

Categories

Fashion; Clothing; Evening wear

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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