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Dress

Design House:
House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937)
Designer:
Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Date:
1960–64
Culture:
French
Medium:
wool, silk
Dimensions:
Length at CB (a): 41 in. (104.1 cm) Length at CB (b): 38 in. (96.5 cm) Length (c): 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Doris Duke, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.124.7a–c
Not on view
This chic, blacker than black tunic, with its dramatic cape-like back panel, perfectly articulates Balenciaga's revolutionary modern design principles of the 1960s. The Spanish-born couturier often set himself a special tailor's test: he loved to have the garment stand away from body, thus taking form to and from the body, but seemingly separated from it, like a cantilevered balcony. Balenciaga was considered the supreme architect of twentieth-century fashion, and is remembered primarily for his virtuosity as a tailor and for his use of fabrics with a stiffer or more structured "hand."
Marking: [label] "Balenciaga/10 Avenue George V/Paris"
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