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Evening dress

Design House:
House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937)
Designer:
Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Date:
fall/winter 1965–66
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, feathers
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles B. Wrightsman, 1966
Accession Number:
C.I.66.54.5a, b
Not on view
Shaved ostrich feathers, their filaments stripped and dyed, are individually applied to the silk, anchored upward and against the grain in order to form an animated field in soft colors. Like the optical effect of an Impressionist painting, the dress is seen distinctly at a distance, but as a complex accretion at close range.
Marking: [label] "Balenciaga /10, Avenue George V/Paris"
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