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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Balmain, Pierre, born 1914 - died 1982 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Velvet with sable trim, lined with taffeta and chiffon, and boned

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Stella, Lady Ednam

  • Museum number:

    T.48-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Full length red velvet dress, fitted and straight at the front, and with a short fish-tail train. The bodice has a single strap and is trimmed with sable and a velvet bow. There is a centre back zip fastening.

The skirt is lined with white chiffon and the bodice is lined with taffeta and boned.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1950 (made)

Artist/maker

Balmain, Pierre, born 1914 - died 1982 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Velvet with sable trim, lined with taffeta and chiffon, and boned

Dimensions

Circumference: 87 cm Bust, Circumference: 84 cm Waist, Diameter: 40 cm Skirt footprint

Descriptive line

Velvet evening dress, designed by Pierre Balmain, Paris, 1950.

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

Vickers, H., 'Cecil Beaton' in Wilcox, C., ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-57 (V&A Publications, London), p.166

Materials

Velvet; Fur; Taffeta; Chiffon; Whalebone

Techniques

Weaving; Sewing

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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