Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
rayon, silk, linen
Gift of M. Balenciaga, 1955
Not on view
Developing from his watershed 1952 unwaisted suit, Balenciaga added a belted martingale to articulate a fullness at the back. The martingale tunic without its skirt became the chemise, and later the sack of the late 1950s.
Marking: [label] "Balenciaga, 10 Avenue George V, Paris"