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Design House:
House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937)
Designer:
Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Date:
ca. 1960
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, wool
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Shaw, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.258.4a, b
Not on view

The short-sleeved dress (a), made of black light-weight mohair, has a rounded neckline and lowered waistline with a thin self-fabric bow at the hip. The loose-fitting jacket (b) with stand-away collar is made of off-white satin-finish silk with small black embroidered polka dots. The three-quarter-length sleeves are cut in one with the body of the jacket. Two large off-white crocheted buttons at center front serve as closures for the jacket.


According to Coco Chanel, of all the twentieth-century designers Balenciaga was the only one who could create a garment from beginning to end.

Marking: [label] "Balenciaga"
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