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Wedding dress

Cristóbal Balenciaga for Balenciaga1960

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
Getaria , Spain

Wedding dress in ivory satin and white mink. Fitted bodice with boat neckline, kimono sleeves and dropped waist. The gathered skirt is shorter at the front than the back. The collar, train and hipline are trimmed in white mink. The train starts from the shoulder line, extending beautifully all the way down the back. Lined with satin. Fastens down the centre back.

Made in the Madrid workshops, this dress was worn by Fabiola de Mora y Aragón when she married King Baudouin of Belgium. The structural simplicity of the gown personified Fabiola’s character. Exquisite and sober in its decoration, this was the perfect dress to wear on December 15 in the city of Brussels. As a symbol of other eras, the train extolled the majesty of the dress. The Queen donated her wedding dress to the Cristóbal Balenciaga Foundation.

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  • Title: Wedding dress
  • Creator: Cristóbal Balenciaga
  • Creator Birth Date: 1895
  • Creator Death Date: 1972
  • Fashion House: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: 1960
  • Location Created: San Sebastián, Spain
  • Provenance: Donated by Fabiola de Mora y Aragón, Queen of the Belgians.
  • Type: Wedding dress
  • Photographer: Manuel Outumuro
  • Original Source: CBM 2003.08
  • Rights: Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa
  • Medium: Ivory satin and white mink.
  • Bibliographic references: Catalogue of the exhibition Mona Bismarck-Cristóbal Balenciaga: Perfection Partagée. Paris: Mona Bismarck Foundation, March-May 2006.

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