Design House House of Balmain French
Designer Pierre Balmain French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899

In the 1950s the dix-huitième revival launched by Dior flourished in the French couture. In individual and idiosyncratic ways, designers such as Jacques Fath, Cristobal Balenciaga, and the demure Pierre Balmain rendered their versions of the eighteenth century. For Balmain, consistently discreet, the eighteenth century signified the quiet luxury of the most sumptuous and varied embroidery. The eye would be dazzled, but with judgment and an unassuming pleasure.

"Oriane", House of Balmain (French, founded 1945), silk, glass, shells, French

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