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Skirt suit
  • Skirt suit
    Balenciaga, Cristóbal, born 1895 - died 1972
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Skirt suit

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    c.1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    wool lined in silk

  • Credit Line:

    Donated in memory of Princess George Galitzine, MBE (née Jean Dawnay)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Blue wool jacket, with double-breasted buttons and slim skirt with a double-breasted buttoned panel in the back concealing the back zipper.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


c.1955 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

wool lined in silk


Length: 59 cm skirt - centre front, Length: 53 cm Jacket - centre back, Width: 43 cm Jacket - base (widest point), :

Object history note

This ensemble comes to us from the wardrobe of Princess George Galitzine (1925-2016), who, as Jean Dawnay, was a successful fashion model during the 1950s before her marriage. At the time of her death, she was described by The Daily Telegraph as one of the last surviving "supermodels" of the 1950s. These garments are donated to us in her memory by her daughter.

Descriptive line

Suit, jacket and skirt, blue wool, worn by Jean Dawnay and designed by Balenciaga, Paris, c.1955


Wool; Silk




Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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