Round neck at the front and crossover V-neck at the back. The bodice is fitted and cut at waistline. The full skirt is gathered at the waist. It is shorter at the front than the back. The lining is straight to knee length, where it opens in three layers to give volume to the skirt.


  • Title: Evening 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 2000.60
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Flocked shantung in blue and black
  • Bibliographic references: Catalogue of the exhibition Genio y figura. La influencia de la cultura española en la moda. Saitama: The Museum of Modern Art, Sociedad Estatal para Exposiciones Internacionales (SEEI). 2005, 140.

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