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Ball gown

Design House:
House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937)
Designer:
Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Date:
spring/summer 1948
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, steel
Dimensions:
Length (a): 53 1/4 in. (135.3 cm) Length at CB (b): 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Lisa and Jody Greene, in memory of their loving mother, Mrs. Ethel S. Greene, 1958
Accession Number:
C.I.58.13.6a, b
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"
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