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Vintage 1964 Balenciaga Haute Couture Metallic Pink Beaded Silk Strapless Dress

$5,000

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A stunning and incredibly rare Balenciaga metallic-gold brocaded pink silk evening dress from his 1964 Spring-Summer collection. Cristobal Balenciaga began his life's work in fashion at a very young age. It is fabled that the Marquesa de Casa Torres, who was so taken with his talent, sent him to Madrid for formal training in tailoring when he was just a teenager. Balenciaga's designs were more often than not, linear and streamlined. While Fath and Dior produced curvy confections know as "The New Look", Balenciaga created forms that hovered around the body in fluid lines. Balenciaga achieved what is considered to be his most important contribution to the world of fashion: a new silhouette for women. This one-of-a-kind sculpted haute couture dress is a wonderful example of his genius. Fashioned from the highest quality pink floral patterned brocaded silk, it has a feminine appeal that doesn't age. The garment is tailored with an expert eye that understands how to use asymmetry to achieve a seductive yet ultra flattering silhouette. The bodice is an elegant fully-boned corset strapless with an hourglass nipped waist. The dramatic high-slit asymmetric pointed skirt is embellished with sparkling sequins and metallic embroidery. The dress is refined, graceful and has true couture workmanship. Though the result was seemingly simple, the construction is quite complicated. The pictures say it all. Measurements Bust: 32 inches Waist: 22 inches Hips: 35 inches Length top to waist: 9 inches Length waist to longest point: 41 inches This stunning Balenciaga haute couture client-numbered museum quality dress is in excellent condition with no noticeable rips, stains or holes. The garment is all hand-finished with perfectly working hand-set metal zipper. Only sign of age is some discolor to the interior bodice from wear. Please message of detailed pictures. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will definitely continue to increase in value.

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  • Dimensions
    Bust: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Waist: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Hip: 34 in. (86.36 cm)
  • Style
    Strapless (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU30911983212

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About the Designer

Starting as a modest boutique, Balenciaga evolved to transform the landscape of women’s fashion with shapes and contours during the middle of the 20th century that were nothing less than groundbreaking. Today, the brand is as venturesome as ever and is well known for its shoes, handbags, streetwear and other clothing and accessories.

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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