Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Length (a): 53 1/4 in. (135.3 cm)
Length at CB (b): 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm)
Gift of Lisa and Jody Greene, in memory of their loving mother, Mrs. Ethel S. Greene, 1958
Not on view
Keenly historicist, Balenciaga invented a fantasy of eighteenth-century court dress, knowing that Marie-Antoinette favored overdresses with swags anchored by roses. Sustained by wide panniers also appropriated from eighteenth-century fashion, Balenciaga renewed the Rococo rose for the 1940s and 1950s.
Marking: [label] "Balenciaga/10 Avenue George V/Paris"