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Cocktail dress

Cocktail dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rippled silk satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs D.M. Haynes and Mrs M. Clark

  • Museum number:

    T.136 to B-1982

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tunic and skirt of rippled satin with belt.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1966 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Rippled silk satin

Marks and inscriptions

'Balenciaga, 10 Avenue George V, Paris'
Label, black on white, machine woven

Printed on back of label

Object history note

Opal Holt was born in Canada in 1887 but lived in the US until the end of the Second World War. She travelled extensively between the wars and was in the first plane to land in Bali. She married Herbert Holt, a Canadian who lived a large part of his life in England, as her third husband in 1946. They came to England and Europe every summer and Opal Holt began buying clothes in Paris for her life in England, and for the Bahamas in Winter, over a period of about thirty years. She died in 1980.

Given by Mrs D.M Haynes and Mrs. Clark (nee Holt; Opal Holt's step-daughters).

Descriptive line

Sleeveless tunic and skirt of rippled satin with belt, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1966

Production Note

Date and collection number attributed by Mme. Jouve, Balenciaga archivist




Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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