Pierre Balmain (1914-82)
Silk grosgrain with embroidery, lined with linen, supported by boning and net
Museum no. T.349-1975
Given by Mrs G. Sachet
Pierre Balmain (1914–82) 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.
This youthful summer dress has a boned petticoat, with a full tulle skirt typical of the 1950s.