Wedding dress in ivory shantung with ornate embroidery in gold metallic thread twisted around a silk core, and faux pearl sequins in floral motifs. The dress has a jewel neckline, fitted bodice and kimono sleeves. The skirt has a bell shape and is shorter at the front than the back, where it extends to form a short train. The dress fastens down the centre back with a zip and hook. Lined with ivory silk taffeta.


  • Title: Wedding dress
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1957
  • Location Created: San Sebastián, Spain
  • Provenance: Donated by Sonsoles Díez de Rivera y de Icaza.
  • Type: Wedding dress
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Original Source: CBM 11.1999 ab
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Ivory shantung with ornate embroidery in gold metallic thread, silk and faux pearl sequins
  • Bibliographic references: Catalogue of the exhibition Mona Bismarck-Cristóbal Balenciaga: Perfection Partagée. Paris: Mona Bismarck Foundation, March-May 2006.

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