A beautiful silhouette is created by the silk taffeta skirt - supported by a hooped petticoat - and in which tucks have been made to reveal the lace below the hemline so that the fabric appears to entwine the wearer. The full skirt, reminiscent of mid-19th Century crinolines, was in vogue during the 1950s. An Haute Couture masterpiece that showcases the generous use of lightweight, beautifully colored taffeta.


  • Title: Cocktail dress
  • Creator: Cristobal Balenciaga
  • Fashion House: BALENCIAGA 10 AVENUE GEORGE V. PARIS 52808 (handwriting)
  • Label: BALENCIAGA 10 AVENUE GEORGE V. PARIS 52808 (handwriting)
  • Manufacturer: Balenciaga
  • Date Created: c. 1955
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama
  • Medium: Pink silk taffeta ; white lace at hem.

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