Knee-length coat, cut from three panels, with no cut at the waistline. Kimono sleeves, square turndown collar, and vertical pockets with flaps. Belt loop at the back. Lined with yellow rayon taffeta. Fastens with yellow paste buttons.

Made in the Paris workshops for the 1966 winter collection, model number 21. This coat shows the linear silhouette of the simple coats of the 1960s. The prevailing features in these coats were, more than the daring cuts, the perfect patterns and finishing touches, more typical of tailoring than of haute couture. Bright, intense colour was also typical of this decade.


  • Title: Knee-length coat
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1966
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Provenance: Worn by Rachel L. Mellon.
  • Season: Winter 1966
  • Type: Coat
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Original Source: CBM 2004.38
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Yellow milled wool twill
  • Bibliographic references: Catalogue of the exhibition Mona Bismarck, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Cecil Beaton. Paris: Mona Bismarck Foundation, 1994.

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