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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:

    1957 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cellophane embroidered tulle, silk, lined in nylon net and nylon taffeta, boned, metal zip fastening

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Cecil Beaton

  • Museum number:

    T.9-1977

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Strapless evening dress of pale pink silk completely overlaid with black, ruched tulle embroidered with iridescent, black cellophane thread. It is full length with a flared, double tiered skirt.

The underskirt is interlined and the whole dress is mounted on an elaborate foundation consisting of thin, nylon net and nylon taffeta. The bodice is boned and the dress fastens at the centre back with a black metal zip.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1957 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Cellophane embroidered tulle, silk, lined in nylon net and nylon taffeta, boned, metal zip fastening

Marks and inscriptions

'at mm Suzanne / modéle 189 Aout 57'
Handwritten label inside dress hem

Object history note

From the Cecil Beaton collection. Believed at time of attribution to possibly be a Balenciaga and noted to be identical to a dress displayed in the El Mundo del Balenciaga, Madrid, 1974.

Descriptive line

Evening dress of silk and embroidered tulle, possibly designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, made in Paris, 1957

Production Note

May be a Balenciaga

Materials

Tulle; Silk; Net; Boning; Nylon

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Formal wear; Women's clothes; Clothing; Embroidery

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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