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Cocktail dress in blue satin, decorated with a golden candelieri print

1957 Ca

Worn by Rachel L. Mellon.

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No cut at the waistline. The bodice is padded at the chest. It has a boat neck at the front and straps at the centre of the low-cut back. It fastens at the centre of the back with buttons and press-studs. Lined with silk taffeta.

The full skirt, over a tarlatan petticoat, is cinched in at the bottom. Lined with silk organza.

Made in the workshops of Paris, this beautiful cocktail dress shows the balloon-skirt created by Balenciaga in 1950. The fabric, printed by Brossin de Méré and inspired in Renaissance decoration motifs, corroborates the master’s interest in stiff fabrics, perfect to bring his idea to fruition.

Bibliography: Catalogue of the exhibition Hommage à Balenciaga. Lyon: Musée Historique des Tissus, 1985, 78. Catalogue of the exhibition Cristóbal Balenciaga. Valladolid: Museo Nacional de Escultura, 2000, 55.

CBM 2000.05