Evening dress, Balenciaga

Look #181

  • Balenciaga

  • Gift of Maison Balenciaga
  • Autumn-Winter 1958–1959
  • Wool muslin, silk tulle, twill, fur, beads and rhinestones
  • GAL 1980.147.2
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Cristóbal Balenciaga preferred personality to beauty. And this evening dress is certainly not lacking in personality in its blend of fragile tulle and fur at the neckline with crystal and jet ornamentation. Made by Atelier Claude and worn by famed model Taïga, this high-waisted dress with its brief train uses the black-brown combination that was one of its designer's trademarks. The bodice is a jewel in its own right: veiled with tulle and edged with fur, it endows the dress with a majestic gravity.