1962 Balenciaga Haute-Couture Ecru Silk Cocktail Party Dress & Matching Jacket

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Stunning 1962 Balenciaga ecru textured-silk cocktail dress with matching jacket. 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 two-piece ensemble is a wonderful example of his genius. The dress is cut in a perfect timeless design. The silk-organza sash accents the nipped-waist. The matching jacket has a rich silk-velvet collar and 3/4-length sleeves. Balenciaga was known for his sculptural approach to design. The cut and construction was often quite complicated, but the result was seemingly simple.
“Balenciaga abides by the law that elimination is the secret of chic.” Harper’s Bazaar, 1938

Measurements
Dress
Bust:35-36 inches
Waist:28 inches
Hips:38 inches
Total Length:40 inches
Coat
Sleeve Length:16 inches
Total Length:40 inches

This stunning Balenciaga 93272 numbered-couture set is in excellent condition with no noticeable damage. The garment is all hand-finished. Only signs of age; inner silk lining is starting to shatter a bit and one little spot on the skirt. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    40 in. L
    102 cm L
  • Bust
    36 in. (91 cm)
  • Waist
    28 in. (71 cm)
  • Hip
    38 in. (97 cm)
  • Length
    40 in. (102 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    AU130819309693
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