1950 Pierre Balmain Black & Nude Silk Cocktail Dress w/ Billow-Sleeve Jacket


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1950 Pierre Balmain Black & Nude Silk Cocktail Dress w/ Billow-Sleeve Jacket

$1,600.00 USD

ID: 1229191

Size: medium

Condition: Excellent

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Gorgeous Pierre Balmain black silk and nude chiffon hourglass cocktail dress dating back to his 1950 collection. Balmain created a very sculptural quality which was always allied with a ladylike essence. His garments have a body and a shape of their own. The bodice features a fully-boned sweetheart neckline with a seductive shelf-bust. The nipped waist, narrowing pencil-skirt construction is so figure flattering. I love that side pleated skirt design. Complete with a dramatic fitted suit jacket that is a statement piece in it's own right. Just look at those dramatic billow-sleeve cuffs. It is extremely rare to find this particular Pierre Balmain Paris New York label. After traveling extensively and realizing the potential of an international market, Balmain opened his first New York City boutique in 1949. While extremely successful, the short lived boutique was to close in 1953. Balmain's glamorous garments were worn by the likes of Bridget Bardot, Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich and I can surely see why.

Bust: 36-37 inches
Waist: 28 inches
Hips: 40 inches
Total Length: 42 inches
Total Length: 21 inches
Sleeve Length: 24 inches

This 1950 Pierre Balmain demi-couture ensemble is in excellent wearable condition. The inside is immaculate and complete with bodice boning. Perfectly working back handset metal zipper. An extremely rare museum quality find and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.