Long dress with a rounded train. The front is made from a single panel, which extends to form the back of the dress. It has an inverted “V” seam under the bust and darts. The neckline is round and the kimono sleeves are made by extending the yoke. The back, with a seam down the centre, is cut from two triangular panels. Lined with ivory silk taffeta. Fastens down the centre back with press-studs.

This wedding dress was made in Spain. Balenciaga chose gazar for its sculptural qualities. The absolute purity of the colour, intimately linked with the wedding ceremony, accentuates the clean lines, subtly tapered by the seam that frames the bust. The essence of simplicity.


  • Title: Wedding dress
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1968
  • Location Created: San Sebastián, Spain
  • Provenance: Donated by Maite Cruz.
  • Type: Wedding dress
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Original Source: CBM 12.2004
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Ivory gazar, ivory salk taffeta
  • Bibliographic references: Catalogue of the exhibition Mona Bismarck-Cristóbal Balenciaga: Perfection Partagée. Paris: Mona Bismarck Foundation, March-May 2006. Catalogue of the exhibition Fashion-Passion. Cem anos de moda. São Paulo: September 2004-February 2005.

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