Design House: House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937)
Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, Guetaria, San Sebastian 1895–1972 Javea)
Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm)
Length at CB (b): 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Geoffrey Beene, 1978
Accession Number: 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.