Evening dress Front of evening dress

Cristóbal Balenciaga for Balenciaga

The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT
New York City, United States

The Museum at FIT has hundreds of Balenciagas, but this 1938 gown is my favorite. Made of rich black velvet, meticulously rendered in a cutwork leaf pattern, it subtly evokes Balenciaga’s Spanish heritage. It was donated to the museum by the celebrated woman of style, Tina Chow, who wore it in the 1970s.


  • Title: Evening dress Front of evening dress
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1938
  • Location Created: France
  • Type: Two-piece dress
  • Rights: Copyright The Museum at FIT
  • Medium: Black silk velvet
  • Credit: Gift from The Estate of Tina Chow

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