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Dress & Petticoat - Pierre Balmain

Pierre Balmain, like Dior, worked for Lucien Lelong before opening his couture house in 1945. By 1956 he had 600 employees and 12 couture workrooms. This 'jeune fille' summer dress has a boned petticoat, showing the care given even to the under-garments. Ginette Spanier, Balmain’s directrice, remarked, 'If a seam is not quite right, that is a matter of life and death.' Dress and petticoat

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Pierre Balmain (1914-82)

Paris

About 1950

Dress: silk grosgrain with machine-made Swiss embroidery

Petticoat: boned silk net and silk

Given by Mrs G. Sachet

Museum no. T.349&A-1975


Dress and petticoat, Pierre Balmain, Paris. Museum no. T.349&A-1975 Info. View full image

Dress and petticoat, Pierre Balmain, Paris. Museum no. T.349&A-1975


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