Below-the-knee length dress, with waist just above the hip line. The bodice fits to the torso with darts and has padding on the chest. Boat neck at the front and crossover V-neck at the back. The shoulders are gathered with a ribbon. The gathered skirt narrows slightly at the bottom, and has a belt with a bow. Fastens on the left side with two zips and press-studs.

Made in Paris with fabric by Staron. Although the documentation indicates this is a cocktail dress, conceptually it moves away from cocktail dresses of the previous decade. By removing all ornamentation, Balenciaga created an elegant, tulip-silhouette dress. The result is a well-proportioned dress that adapts to the body and emphasizes the feminine shape without sacrificing elegance.


  • Title: Dress
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1961
  • Location Created: San Sebastián, Spain
  • Provenance: Worn by Rachel L. Mellon.
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Original Source: CBM 2005.26 ab
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Silk taffeta printed with petals in two deep-red tones
  • Bibliographic references: Catalogue of the exhibition Mona Bismarck, Balenciaga, Cecil Beaton. Paris: Mona Bismarck Foundation, 1994.

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