Long dress with a short train at the back. Higher neckline at the front and low cut at the back. Sleeveless, cut at waistline. The bodice is fitted with darts and fastens at the centre of the back with hooks and press-studs. The évasée skirt is gathered at the waist. At the back, the waist is dropped to the hipline in the shape of a “U”. Lined with silk organza in the same colour. The mantelet has a square collar and yoke with wide gathered frill, which slopes downward toward the back. The fitted blue silk petticoat fastens at the left with a zip.


  • Title: Long evening dress
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1965
  • Location Created: San Sebastián, Spain
  • Provenance: Worn by Rachel L. Mellon.
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Original Source: CBM 2000.23 ab
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Indigo blue silk gazar
  • Bibliographic references: Catalogue of the exhibition Fashion-Passion. Cem anos de moda. São Paulo: September 2004-February 2005.

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