Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery


#2377 - c. 1957 Silk Peau de Soie PIERRE BALMAIN COUTURE Formal Ballgown with Matching Bolero Jacket! If you've ever looked through the fashion magazines of the mid-1950s, you'll see that Yellow was the most fashionable color of the time (shocking pink was another). All to the top designers created dresses and gowns of bright yellow, often combined with black, white or both. Here's a rare opportunity to own an incredibly special Pierre Balmain Original Couture Formal Ball Gown purchased directly from the runway in Paris by a woman from Hingham, Massachusetts, and worn at U.S. Presidential Reception soon after! It's a 2-piece sheath gown with lemon yellow peau de soie 3/4 sleeve bolero jacket lined with white silk, bearing the Balmain label. The sheath has a bodice of white satin, with separate inner slip top, sleeveless with scoop neck and covered buttons in back. Black satin draped sash fashioned in front into a 6 sided open bow and fastened with 2 sets hooks, top set looping over sash in back form a figure eight. Lemon yellow skirt w/ silk taffeta lining. "Once you have seen a dress of this type, you can surely appreciate the couturier's skill". Excellent condition.
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Study