Knee-length dress. The bodice is reinforced with a corset and boning. The strapless neckline has a turnover collar which ties at the centre. The skirt is gathered at the waist. Lined with white rayon taffeta. Fastens on the left side with a zip.

This dress was made in Spain. Balenciaga had a preference for high-quality thick fabrics, ideal for creating models of a sculptural nature. The strapless neckline with front sash tie was developed by the couturier in this decade, particularly in evening dresses.


  • Title: Cocktail dress
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1955
  • Location Created: San Sebastián, Spain
  • Provenance: Worn by the widow of Mr Molina.
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Original Source: CBM 1998.08
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: White cotton ottoman with violet polka dots

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