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Evening dress in black silk taffeta

1952 Ca.

Worn by Niki Stifel.

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Longer at the back than the front and cut at waistline. The bodice has a strapless neckline and is reinforced with boning. Lined with rayon gros de Naples. The outside is decorated with vertical draping, secured at the centre of the bust with ribbon and bow appliqués. The skirt is very gathered and puffed, made of nylon tulle and a gros de Naples petticoat reinforced with metal hoops. The frilly petticoat has two Chantilly-type, machine-made lace frills at the bottom. Both frills have a black nylon ribbon. The dress fastens on the left side with a zip.

Made in Paris for the 1952 spring collection, this dress has marvellous shapes and details. In 1951, Balenciaga created a dress for his autumn collection, presented as number 130, with a puffed skirt, pulled in at intervals to create a succession of four volumes. These skirts, also known as “balloon skirts”, had a leading role in the collections of that year.

Bibliography: Catalogue of the exhibition Genio y figura. La influencia de la cultura española en la moda. Saitama: The Museum of Modern Art, Sociedad Estatal para Exposiciones Internacionales (SEEI). 2005, 160.
Catalogue of the exhibition Paristik Donostiara Balenciaga. San Sebastian: Kutxaespacio del Arte, 2001.

CBM 2000.204