A Pierre Balmain haute couture dress, autumn winter 1948

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This haute couture gown by Pierre Balmain, constructed in black wool is incredibly contemporary and elegant. Featuring a plunging neckline and long sleeves with zips to the wrists, the dress skims the body with a narrow cut to the ankle. An additional panel of wool flares out from the back of the dress, creating a short fishtail train to the rear, making this the ultimate red carpet dress!

Pierre Balmain and the house of Balmain were one of the greatest voices in the haute couture world of Paris in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Balmain, a friend and contemporary of Dior, reached superstar status in the 1950s with his ‘Jolie Madame’ and a strong, bold use of shape and colour, and his haute couture pieces from the 1950s and 1960s are firm favourites at WilliamVintage.

Details

  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
    1940-1949
  • Condition
    Good. Very good condition with some signs of wear to the lining and some small visible repairs to the front. The dress bears the original label, silk lining, weights in the train and zip fastenings to the sleeves and rear.
    Dimensions
    63.78 in. L
    162 cm L
  • Bust
    37.8 in. (96 cm)
  • Waist
    25.98 in. (66 cm)
  • Hip
    33.86 in. (86 cm)
  • Length
    63.78 in. (162 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem
    18.9 in. (48 cm)
  • Dealer Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU724519962
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