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Wedding bodice and cap

Wedding bodice and cap..Pierre Balmain maintained that 'the basic job of a couturier...is to dress women for everyday living'. Everyday living for Balmain's clientele often involved grand evening occasions, and he is perhaps best known for the lavish ball-gowns he created for these events. Miss Stella Carcano y Morra wore this jacket at her marriage to Viscount Ednam on 10 January 1946. She teamed it with a skirt of white faille and a small pillbox cap. Balmain later wrote, 'This was the…

Detail from the bodice ~ A Pierre Balmain couture ball gown, circa 1953-6, the gown of silver-grey silk faille with strapless bodice and full skirt with lavish Lesage silver and blue embroidery with raisedwork C scrolls studded with pastes, satin rosettes, metallic blue embroidery, simple bow to the front

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Evening dress

~Evening dress Place of origin: Paris, France (made) Date: 1957 (made) Artist/Maker: Pierre Balmain, born 1914 - died 1982 (designer) Materials and Techniques: Printed silk, pleated and boned, with appliqué decoration, net and nylon~