Dress and petticoat
Designed by Pierre Balmain (1914-82)
Silk grosgrain with embroidery (dress) with silk net and whalebone (petticoat)
Museum no. T.349&A-1975
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Given by Mrs G Sachet Pierre Balmain opened his couture house in 1945. He had previously trained alongside Christian Dior at the couture house of Lucien Lelong. Balmain became one of the most successful couturiers of his generation and by 1956 his house employed 600 workers, with 12 couture workrooms and in-house fur and millinery ateliers.