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-jersey and satin cocktail dress from his 1959 collection is a wonderful example of his genius. The bodice is a stunning mock-wrap design with unique tailored ruching. Just look at the chic 3/4-length lean sleeves! The tailored wiggle shape really flatters the figure and takes the idea of a "cocktail" to new levels. 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. The perfect "Little Black Dress"!
Bust: 34-35 inches
Waist: 27 inches
Hips: up to 37 inches
Total Length: 44 inches
This stunning Pierre Balmain Couture numbered dress is in excellent condition with no rips, stains or holes. Perfectly working hand-set back metal zipper. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.