Dresses in the Empire or Josephine style had a high waist-line under the bust. Balenciaga kept faith with this style, which was one of his favourites. The result was a number of outstanding designs, including the 'Amphora' dress shown here. Clever cutting and the use of a crisp silk created the cocoon-like back of the dress. Balenciaga finished the back with an enormous knotted sash. This extravagant feature is typical of his work. From the front the gown is a lean sheath with a strapless neckline. The neckline is slightly padded to stand away from the body.


  • Title: Evening dress, corded silk
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Fashion House: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1960
  • Location Created: Paris
  • Physical Dimensions: Circumference: 75 cm bust, Circumference: 64 cm waist, Circumference: 156 cm footprint, Width: 36 cm back
  • Provenance: Given by Mr and Mrs Loel Guinness
  • Type: 1960 - 1961 (made) 1960
  • Medium: Poult

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