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Jacket

Cristóbal Balenciaga for Balenciaga1930

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

Waist-length V-neck jacket. Fastens at the front with the prolongation of the sides in black satin, which turn into a belt that wraps around the body several times. The sleeves are long, extending beyond the natural line of the wrist and open at the end like a funnel.

This piece, made in the workshops of San Sebastian, displays a complex pattern. The back and the sleeves are cut in one piece, reproducing the typical sleeve of Chinese clothing, which finishes at the cuff in the shape of a horse’s hoof. In his later creations, Balenciaga would prefer the French three-quarter-length sleeve which showed the wrists.

This nod to Oriental historical fashion contrasts with the ribbons that wrapped around the waist and ended in a bow – very much in fashion in the thirties – and attempts to narrow the waist to the maximum, creating a very feminine silhouette.

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Details

  • Title: Jacket
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1930
  • Location Created: San Sebastián, Spain
  • Type: Jacket
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Black satin

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