1961 Pierre Balmain Haute Couture Ivory Beaded Dress w Detachable Cape For Sale
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1961 Pierre Balmain Haute Couture Ivory Beaded Dress w Detachable Cape

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This wonderful gown with its exquisitely beaded bodice and attached cape is a numbered Haute Couture pieces designed by Pierre Balmain. It would have been made entirely by hand at the Paris atelier. The cut of the piece is stunning in its simplicity and yet it has high impact. It is made out of an ivory silk chiffon. The neckline is high and the skirt flows to the floor with two layers of of silk chiffon over an interior silk skirt. The bodice is covered with hand placed glass tube beads. This is mixed with real metal gold thread used to outline the design created with the beads. It is also used to create a gold and ivory braiding that gives impact to the neckline and runs down the front and back. This is most likely the work of Lesage and it is exquisite. Onto this is a cape made of the same ivory silk chiffon. It ties at the front neck and also snaps into place, with these snaps hidden under the inside collar of the neckline. This ensures it stays perfectly in place no matter how you move, stand or sit. There are endless couture level details and the workmanship throughout is perfectly and meticulously done. It is an amazing example of the fine workmanship and attention to detail of Haute Couture. It is a true piece of fashion history. Excellent condition with some small note to review below The dress is fully lined in an ivory through the bodice and innermost skirt. The skirt has two layers of silk over the inner lining. There may be the occasional loose or missing bead or thread but it does not deter and given the age and provenance I do not feel this rates it as less then excellent. Both pieces have their numbered tag present under the main label is there and both bear the same number of 764027. Hand finished. It closes with a back, hand set, painted metal zipper. I see one tiny yellowed spot on one tie and a pinpoint of a spot on the cape. There are two teeny smudges on the lower portion of the skirt. None of these detract - I am just being super picky. There is a slight darkening to the silk around the waist under the seam. I have photoed it all the way around and this was taken into consideration when it was priced but these are all minor and it is a stunning and Museum quality piece of Haute Couture Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam Waist: 13" flat across from side seam to side seam Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam Bodice: 15" from top of bodice to waist Skirt: 42" from waist to hem Cape: 57" Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED Send us a note to see this Reference Photo: Gleb Derujinsky in Pierre Balmain, Harper's Bazaar, April 1961. This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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  • Condition Details
    There may be the occasional loose or missing bead or thread. One tiny yellowed spot on one tie and a pinpoint of a spot on the cape + two teeny smudges on the lower portion of the skirt. Please expand description above for full notes + measurements.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    D 57 in.D 144.78 cm
  • Bust
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Waist
    13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Hip
    22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • Length
    57 in. (144.78 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Rockwood, CA
  • Seller Reference Number
    Item# DD2945
  • Reference Number
    LU1287193561
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