In 1957 and 1958 Balenciaga produced a group of flounced lace dresses. They were known as 'Baby Doll' dresses. This one has a provocative tight black crêpe de Chine underdress. You can see it clearly through the semi-transparent black lace overdress. This overdress is very wide and flared. It has short sleeves and a low waist with a gathered flounced skirt. Two giant black satin bows mark the middle of the neck and the middle of the waist. They also add to the child-like theme.


  • Title: Baby Doll' cocktail dress, crêpe de chine, satin and lace
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1958
  • Location Created: Paris
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 155 cm, Width: 70 cm, Depth: 50 cm
  • Provenance: Given anonymously
  • Medium: Crêpe de Chine with lace and satin. Lace by Marescot.

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