Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972)
Silk; (a) L. at center back: 38 1/2 in. (97.3 cm); (b) L. 19 3/4 in. (50.1 cm)
Gift of Geoffrey Beene, 1978 (1978.64.4a,b)
This slightly fitted, sleeveless afternoon dress (a) of white crepe has a V-neckline and revers. Two self-fabric buttons serve as the center-front closure for the dress. An attached sash of white satin ribbon accentuates the raised waist. The hip-length jacket (b), also made of white crepe, rises to an inverted "V" at the center-front waist; the above-elbow sleeves are cut in one with the body. There is a two-button center-front closing and jewel neckline.