Ball gown, House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937), silk, steel, French

Ball gown

Design House:
House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937)
Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
spring/summer 1948
silk, steel
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"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bloom: Fashion's Spring Gardens," March 30, 1995–August 20, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Ceaseless Century," September 9, 1998–November 29, 1998.