Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
(a) linen; (b) silk
Gift of Mrs. John Chambers Hughes, 1967
Not on view
Balenciaga's majestic, streamlined silhouette in chlorophyll green is ever so lightly perforated with abstracted floral forms in this example of eyelet embroidery. A spring green captures the air and transparency that had punctured Edwardian spring and summer dresses. Balenciaga's modernism enables the same zephyrs of springtime.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Balenciaga," March 23, 1973–September 9, 1973.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," April 8, 1997–August 17, 1997.