Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery






#4868 - c. 1959 CRISTOBEL BALENCIAGA, Paris Black Linen Haute Couture Dress with Numbered Label and Original Matching Belt!  Larger Size! Check out the front cover of June 2007 Harper's Bazaar.  The Chanel Haute Couture dress worn by (eek!) Paris Hilton was obviously inspired by this 1959 Balenciaga black linen dress! Balenciaga became known for his architectural quality and standaway necklines - setting collars away from the base of the neck.  Same neck, double-breasted, and 1/2 length sleeves.  You know what "they" say..."everything old is new again!" Best quote describing Balenciaga's designs was "Beneath its apparent simplicity, each of these little dresses is a masterpiece of Haute Couture. Examine them closely and you will discover the subtlety and originality of the cut".  This is a faux wrap dress with back metal zipper. Check out the tailoring of the shoulders! Simple gathering at back waist. Measures:  40" bust, up to 36" waist, up to 44" hips., 43" long from shoulder to hem.  Excellent condition. Nothing wrong! Sorry... I neglected to photograph the belt and the number under the label, but I will get to it!  They DO exist! 
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display