Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Today, the House of Balmain has a way with embroidery and Swarovski crystals in a very rock 'n roll and military-themed aesthetic that has won the hearts and pocketbooks of flashy fashion fanatics. But embroidery and Pierre Balmain go way back, including his popular 50s ball gowns and wedding dresses that were very Dior-esque, and ultimately in the 1960s, Monsieur Balmain found bright colors, minimalist silhouettes, and intricate Lesage embroidery to create a very signature look that was a French Haute Couture version of First Lady Jackie Kennedy's signature wardrobe. Although we sold the white A-line column gazar gown a few weeks ago, we have a few more precious Balmain gowns from the late 60s to share and this apricot layered chiffon skirted gown has an elaborate top of hand embroidery in colors ranging from brown (in the shape of wood beads), peach, white, lilac and diamond crystals. The textures and color combinations are intoxicating and the fluidity of the skirt juxtaposed with the ornate top creates a striking balance of modernity and the highest levels of artisan fabric and fashion techniques.

Pierre Balmain Haute Couture apricot chiffon and Lesage embroidered evening gown. c. late 1960s. Modern size 2 SOLD
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