Evening ensemble consisting of bodice with elbow-length sleeves, shirt collar and strapless lining. The skirt is long, slightly gathered at the waist. It is nipped in at the waist with a wide, silk organza sash. This model was made in the workshops of Paris.

The same year Balenciaga’s disciple Courrèges created the miniskirt, the master continued to work true to his haute couture principles, as seen in this evening dress. Structurally, it is consistent with the minimalist aesthetic that characterised the last work of the master, and conceptually it coincides with the naive air of fashion at the time. Only the length of the skirt reveals the occasion for which it was conceived.


  • Title: Evening ensemble
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1965
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Provenance: Donated by Mercedes T. Bass.
  • Type: Evening ensemble
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Original Source: CBM 2003.24 abc
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Openwork black and white silk gazar, pink silk

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