1957 Pierre Balmain Haute-Couture Black Velvet Olive Silk Strapless Gown & Shawl

$2,300.00USD

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1957 Pierre Balmain Haute-Couture Black Velvet Olive Silk Strapless Gown & Shawl

$2,300.00 USD

ID: 0116182

Size: small

Condition: Excellent

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Pierre Balmain worked under Robert Pigiuet, Molyneux, and Lucian Lelong, where he worked closely with Christian Dior. In 1945 he finally opened his own couture house. 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. This breathtaking black silk-velvet evening gown is a wonderful example of his genius. The bodice is a stunning corset boned shelf-bust with stunning olive green pleated silk satin. Just look at the flawless shaping and back bow cut-out detailing! The matching over-sized shawl wrap is so luxurious. The nipped waist full skirted silhouette really flatters the figure and timeless. Overall construction is true couture-level as one would expect from such a skilled designer. Balmain's glamorous garments were worn by the likes of Bridget Bardot, Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich and I can surely see why.

Measurements
Bust: 32 inches
Waist: 24 inches
Hips: Full Sweep
Length top to waist: 10 inches
Length waist to hem: 40 inches

This stunning Pierre Balmain Couture garment is in excellent condition with no visible rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working hand-set back metal zipper and corset construction. Only sign of age is slight soiling to interior bodice as shown. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.