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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.

Details

  • 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.

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