No cut at the waistline. The bodice is padded at the chest. It has a boat neck at the front and straps at the centre of the low-cut back. It fastens at the centre of the back with buttons and press-studs. Lined with silk taffeta. The full skirt, over a tarlatan petticoat, is cinched in at the bottom. Lined with silk organza.


  • Title: Cocktail dress
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1957
  • Location Created: San Sebastián, Spain
  • Provenance: Worn by Rachel L. Mellon.
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Original Source: CBM 2000.05
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Blue satin decorated with a golden candelieri print
  • Bibliographic references: Catalogue of the exhibition Hommage à Balenciaga. Lyon: Musée Historique des Tissus, 1985, 78. Catalogue of the exhibition "Cristóbal Balenciaga". Valladolid, Museo Nacional de Escultura, 2000, 55.

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps