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Coat

Design House:
House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937)
Designer:
Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Date:
1961
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool
Credit Line:
Gift of Estate of Ann E. Woodward, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.349.4a, b
Not on view
Of all twentieth-century designers, said Chanel, the only one who could create a garment from beginning to end was Balenciaga. His comprehensive mastery is indicated in understanding of fabric and in his awareness that a wide wedge-shaped coat could become in final appearance a cinched silhouette, playing with grain and incorporating ease.
Marking: [label] "Balenciaga/ 10 Avenue Georges V. Paris"
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