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A Cristobal Balenciaga Damask Chiffon Couture Evening Dress Circa 1960



Circa 1957/1960 Paris France A damask chiffon or brocade organza silk evening dress with large fuchsia blooming roses and rosebuds by Cristobal Balenciaga. Strapless finely pleated bodice, deep neckline and zipper in the back. Long sheer skirt molding the hips and slit behind. Wide trained back skirt starting from the waist and lined with pink chiffon. Fuchsia taffeta underskirt lined with matching chiffon silk. White woven label, black graphics Balenciaga Avenue Georges V Paris. A few damaged chiffon pleats on the bodice very hard to notice. Good condition of color and conservation. Dimensions : Equivalent French Size 34/36 Front height 129 cm Back height 120 cm Collar 11 cm Back cleavage 22 cm Chest 87 cm Waist 63 cm Hips 85 cm Unanimously recognized as the couturier of the couturiers, Cristobal Balenciaga participates to radically transform the feminine silhouette in the years 1950 and 1960. The only couturier to whom the New-Look of Christian Dior does not put Balenciaga in the shade, presents its revolutionary and avant-garde Tonneau line in 1947. Next are the balloon jacket (1953), the tunic dress (1955), the sac dress (1957), the Baby doll dress (1958), counting among its most innovative creations. He is the first couturier to use gazar that will allow him to accentuate architecturally his sculptural cuts which he is known as the master. He dresses the Queens of Spain, Belgium, the Duchess of Windsor and the Princess Grace of Monaco who is his muse and his most famous foil. As often in his work, it is the curves of the back that retains all the attention of the designer as in the model presented.


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  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: Equivalent French Size 34/36 (EU)
  • Style
    1957/1960 (Of the Period)
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  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good Condition and color.
  • Seller Location
    Toulon, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU63337770581

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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.

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