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Pierre Balmain 1980s Cranberry Red Beaded Embroidered Sleeve Jacket Skirt Suit

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Pierre Balmain vintage 1980s cranberry red wool skirt suit featuring beading at skirt at embroidery and rhinestone embellishment at diagonally hemmed sleeves. Skirt has back zip, jacket fastens with a snap and two hook and thread closures. 100% wool. Fully lined in silk. Made in U.S.A. Labelled size 12, see measurements. Jacket bust (underarm to underarm) 40". Jacket waist 35". Shoulder seam to shoulder seam at back 17". Jacket length (shoulder to hem) 26". Skirt waist 29". Skirt hip 40". Skirt length 25 1/2". Fair condition, see photos. Pencil skirt is missing two beads at front (hard to notice, but two beads could be moved from somewhere even less noticeable.) Moth bites at hem of lining. Jacket has a small moth bite at front shoulder seam, one bite at front that is concealed when jacket is closed, and moth bites at lining. Light general wear at embroidery.

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  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Material Notes
    Wool
  • Condition
    Fair
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Marked Size
    12, may run small (US)
  • Bust
    40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Waist
    29 in. (73.66 cm)
  • Hip
    40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Seller Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU35424691133
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About Balmain (Designer)

From the voluminous skirts of the post-World War II “New Look” favored by Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich to the sleek, skinny jeans seen on Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and every Kardashian, clothes from the House of Balmain have long been mainstays in celebrity wardrobes.


     The son of a dressmaker and a drapery salesman, Pierre Balmain was born in 1914 in southeastern France and formed an interest in fashion at an early age. His mother wanted her son to be an architect — but the principles of design and structure Balmain learned in his brief studies at the École des Beaux Arts served him well throughout his career. Balmain founded his now-iconic label in 1945. Alongside fellow couture titans Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy, Balmain’s post-war take on luxe dressing featured bell-shaped skirts falling from slender waists, structured jackets over sheath dresses and embellishments like fur trim; he called the look “Jolie Madame.” The Duchess of Windsor was an early fan, prompting an aristocratic following. Balmain was among the first to offer French looks to the American market. Since Pierre Balmain’s death in 1982, the design reins have been handed to luminaries such as Oscar de la Renta and Instagram sensation Olivier Rousteing.


     Today’s Balmain has more in common with the master’s original haute couture than you might expect: sharply tailored blazers that nip in at the waist, delicate stilettos and ultra-feminine evening wear are wardrobe basics for the 21st-century woman, too. Lovers of couture history will also prize the fluid, easy sketches from the master’s own hand they’ll find on offer here, while fashionistas clamor for military-style jackets and skinny jeans. Whether you’re a colonel in Rousteing’s “glamour army” or you fancy yourself a “Jolie Madame,” a Balmain piece — from the sixties or even last season — will add a bold, sexy note to your look. Daytime or night, vintage Balmain feels right now.

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