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dress photo 1959.104/3

Object Name: cocktail dress & stole & hat

Artist/Maker: Pierre Balmain, Paris
Role in production: designer
Place of Creation: Europe, France, Île-de-France, Paris
Date: 1957

Accession Number: 1959.104/3
Location on Display: Ground floor: CIS Manchester Gallery
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • cotton
  • poplin
  • printed

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.
label : woven rayon : sewn in side seam under L arm : PIERRE BALMAIN/PARIS (small attached label MADE IN FRANCE)
Shown at fashion parade :"Britain's Couture Cottons for 1958" held at the Hyde Park Hotel, London, June 25 1957.
Cotton Board


Type: Length
Height: 119.5 cm

Type: Shoulder to waist
Height: 35.5

Type: Waist
Width: 66

Type: Hem
Width: 304.8

Type: Stole
Height: 312.5
Width: 54.5

Type: Hat