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Woman's evening dress

Woman's black wool bouclé long-sleeved evening gown with low plunging back and fur trim around neck and leading down back seam to the floor. Low v-shaped back terminates in mink bow just below waist. Bottom hem is reinforced at interior with a strip of black silk plain weave and patches of...

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Signed

Labeled at front neck: "BALENCIAGA / 10. AVENUE GEORGE V. PARIS" Stamped in purple on the bolduc on reverse: 88863.

Provenance

1963, purchased by Fern Bedaux (nee Lombard, 1890-1972), Paris and Monts, Indre-et-Loire, France from Balenciaga, Paris; by descent within family. By 2010, Beverley Birks, New York City; June 8, 2010, Beverley Birks sale, Kerry Taylor Auctions, London, lot 139, to the MFA (Accession date: June 16, 2010)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.

French (Paris), Autumn/Winter 1963–64

Object Place

Paris, France

Dimensions

Center front (dress): 146 cm (57 1/2 in.) Center back (dress): 122 cm (48 1/16 in.) Center back (slip): 117 cm (46 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

2010.532.1-2

Medium or Technique

Dress: Wool boucle, knit; silk plain weave (crepe); silk plain weave; synthetic(?) plain weave; mink; metal snaps and hook and eyes. Slip: Wool bouclé, knit; silk plain weave; metal snaps; plastic zipper and boning

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes