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Dress and cape
  • Dress and cape
    Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972
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Dress and cape

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gazar and silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Paul Mellon

  • Museum number:

    T.43 to B-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Dress and cape of royal blue gazar and royal blue silk petticoat.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1966 (designed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gazar and silk

Marks and inscriptions

'Balenciaga, 10 Avenue Geore V, Paris'
Label, inside side seam, black on white machine woven

Printed on back of label

Object history note

Worn and given by Mrs Paul Mellon.

Multi-billionaire philanthropist, art connoisseur and administrator of a 3rd generation American empire Paul Mellon married Rachel Lambert Lloyd, known affectionately as 'Bunny', in 1948. This union lasted until his death at the age of 91 in 1999. Bunny Mellon was an integral part of her husband's efforts as a collector and staunch supporter of his charitable works.

Bunny Mellon was a great friend of Jacqueline Kennedy, and designed the Rose Garden for the White House.

Descriptive line

Dress and cape of gazar and silk petticoat, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris,1966.

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

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


Gazar; Silk




Fashion; Clothing

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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