Object Name: dress
Artist/Maker: Balenciaga, Cristobal
Role in production: Make
Place of Creation: Europe, France, Paris
Accession Number: 1992.100
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries
Ivory silk printed with large flame-coloured flowers.
Dress with low curved boat-neck and short sleeves. Very large horizontal bow attached CF waist. Skirt flares from waist. Bodice has been pieced in an asymmetrical complicated manner to cover the ivory ground with flame coloured pieces. Lined with white silk-gauze. Two inner petticoats to the skirt; outer: ivory silk; inner: white gauze with canvas weighted hem. Left side placket running from sleeve for 14" with zip and press studs (at skirt).
Jacket of matching silk, pieced as with the dress bodice so that the flame colour predominates. Short boxy style with three quarter length sleeves and no cuffs. Fastening CF with four buttons and three press studs. Low boat neck to match dress. Two weights at back hem. Lined with ivory silk.
Dress label CB : "Balencaga, 10 Avenue George V, Paris"
Jacket buttons stamped : "Le Reussi, Paris"
Outfit is entirely handstitched in a particulary laborious couture manner incorporating dozens of seams where piecing has occured.
Provenance by descent from Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress. Hutton was a loyal and extravagant client of Balenciaga - in one season she bought 19 dresses, 6 suits and 3 coats, when a suit cost approximately a quarter of the average national male wage in the UK.
Dated to summer 1960 by the Balenciaga Archives.
Height: 29 ins