Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 11

1960's Cristóbal Balenciaga haute couture black brocade dress and jacket

$3,40027% Off


Very rare jet black floral brocade dress and matching jacket from Cristobal Balenciaga dating to the early 1960's. Ensemble best fits a small US size 2. Narrow shoulders 13-14". Fits a bust no larger than 32" and hips no larger than 34". Jacket is fully lined and dress is partially lined. Hidden back zipper. Made in France. Excellent condition. Wear consistent with age and use. The zipper could be replaced because it is missing a few teeth however it does work.


  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Material Notes
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Condition is very good. Zipper is missing some teeth and could be replaced to make zipping it easier.
  • Seller Location
    San Fransisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU811274203

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $75 Express Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: San Fransisco, CA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Manufacturer

Though he was born in the quiet fishing village of Getaria in Spain’s Basque region, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) was destined to reshape modern fashion. As a child, he worked alongside his seamstress mother. Showing immense talent, he earned commissions as a teenager from local patron Marquesa de Casa Torres, who paid for his tailoring education in Madrid. In 1917, he established his first haute couture house — named Eisa, for his mother — in the trendy resort town San Sebastián. He soon followed it with boutiques in Madrid and Barcelona, drawing such clientele as the Spanish royal family.When the Spanish Civil War put a hold on his prospects in Spain, the designer moved to Paris, opening a house on Avenue Georges V in 1937. There, Balenciaga rubbed elbows with fashion greats like Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli and quickly won over clients like Gloria Guinness, Pauline de Rothschild and Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. As a couturier, Balenciaga drew from his Spanish heritage for ideas, riffing on everything from matador costumes and flamenco dresses to the paintings of Diego Velázquez, whose portraits of Spanish princesses famously inspired Balenciaga’s Infanta gown.An expert tailor, he experimented with sculptural silhouettes that didn’t follow the body. Some of his notable designs include the 1953 balloon jacket, and from 1957, the cocoon coat, the baby-doll dress and the sack dress, which he popularized with his good friend designer Hubert de Givenchy. All of these could be considered not just the masterpieces of haute couture, but also objets d’art in their own right, leading to Balenciaga’s nickname, “The Master.”Balenciaga continued designing until 1968, when he retired after three decades of influential work and his fashion house went dormant. The rights to Balenciaga were acquired by Jacques Bogart S.A. in 1986. Under designer Michel Goma, who focused on ready-to-wear, the brand experienced a resurgence, with his first collection introduced in 1987. The brand returned to high fashion with the arrival of designer Josephus Thimister in 1992. It has since been led by a series of creative directors who have paid homage to Balenciaga’s iconic designs, including Nicolas Ghesquière, Alexander Wang and, most recently, Demna Gvasalia. In 2011, a museum celebrating Balenciaga’s legacy opened in his hometown in Spain, commemorating where it all began.On 1stDibs, find vintage Balenciaga bags, day dresses, shirts and other clothing and accessories.
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Established in 2006
1stDibs seller since 2009
984 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

A Cristobal Balenciaga Haute Couture Ball Gown Numbered 61819 - Circa 1960
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1958/1962 France Majestic evening gown in powdered pink satin by Cristobal Balenciaga Haute Couture numbered 61819 and dating from 1958/1962. Dress in two parts, structured b...

1960s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

Balenciaga Grey Wool & Black Velvet Deconstructed Dress w/ Zippers Circa 1990s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Balenciaga Grey Wool & Black Velvet Deconstructed Dress w/ Zippers Circa 1990s. Measurements- Size 38 Dress Length: 35 Inches Skirt Length: 19 Inches

1990s Dress and Coat Ensembles

Balenciaga Pant Suit Double Breast 40 / 6 Mint
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Le Dix Balenciaga jet black pant suit that is simply divine! Fabulous cut and fit - this suit takes you from office to dinner in one step! Five on ten double ...

Early 2000s Trouser Pant Suits

Balenciaga Dark Grey Cotton Logo Embroidered Drop Shoulder Oversized Sweatshirt
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Who doesn't love sweatshirts and when it comes to creations from Balenciaga, they are bound to impress! This dark grey sweatshirt is made from 100% cotton and detailed with an embroi...

2010s Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

1980s Maggie Reeves Demi Couture Taffeta Bustier, Skirt and Floral Jacket
By Maggie Reeves
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980s 3 pc ensemble by Canadian demi couture designer Maggie Reeves. Black silk taffeta bustier, taffeta skirt with multi colour layers and macrame floral multi colour jacket with bl...

1980s Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

1980s Ferre Navy Fuzzy Lurex Top and Skirt
By Gianfranco Ferré
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Unique Ferre ensemble from the 1980s. A black tie take on the classic Rugby jersey, the top is made from a shimmery lurex fabric and has black and navy horizontal stripes. Accented w...

1980s Suits, Outfits and Ensembles

1979 Autumn-Winter Christian Dior Evening Gown & Jacket
By Christian Dior Haute Couture
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Beautiful slate grey four piece Christian Dior Couture moire silk and sequin ensemble from the Autumn/Winter 1979 collection. Spaghetti strap top with tone on tone grey hand beading ...

1970s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Chanel Midnight Blue & Ruby Red Sequin Skirt Suit, C.2000
By Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Located in Atlanta, GA
Chanel midnight blue (almost black) two piece skirt and jacket suit in a boucle style wool and cotton blend fabric with rows of horizontal deep ruby red sequins. The fitted jacket z...

Early 2000s Skirt Suits

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery