Afternoon ensemble

Design House: House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937)

Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)

Date: 1965–66

Culture: French

Medium: silk

Credit Line: Gift of Geoffrey Beene, 1978

Accession Number: 1978.64.4a, b


This slightly fitted, sleeveless afternoon dress (a) of white crepe has a V-neckline and revers. Two self-fabric buttons serve as the center-front closure for the dress. An attached sash of white satin ribbon accentuates the raised waist. The hip-length jacket (b), also made of white crepe, rises to an inverted "V" at the center-front waist; the above-elbow sleeves are cut in one with the body. There is a two-button center-front closing and jewel neckline.