Object Name: cocktail dress & stole
Artist/Maker: Pierre Balmain, Paris
Role in production: designer
Place of Creation: Paris
Accession Number: 1959.104/3
Credit: Manchester City Galleries
Sleeveless calf-length dress of vivid blue cotton poplin printed with white splotches, bell-shaped skirt; the stole and hat of same fabric, the stole in sharp green colourway.
DRESS: V-neck back and front, no sleeves, unlined; Bodice front in 2 sections, seamed down CF, with 2 gathered lines of piping down centre extended to hip level, tightened to give ruched effect and trimmed with 3 bows of white ribbed cotton rouleaux; bodice back in 2 sections each side of CB opening; zip fastening down CB extending below waist; skirt front in 2 flared sections, back in 4 flared sections.
UNDERDRESS: fitted foundation petticoat; bodice of double cotton net fully boned to low waist, extra support below bust and separate back fastening; zip fastening CB; skirt of white stiffened nylon in 7 flared sections, mounted with 3 double frills in tiers, the lower frill of nylon and the upper one of fine nylon net.
STOLE: straight length of poplin in green colourway, reverse partially lined self fabric, one long edge lined white pique.
HAT: small simple cap shape pleated into back nape and trimmed with white pique bow, lined white stiffened gauze.
Height: 119.5 cm
Type: Shoulder to waist