Balenciaga, Cristobal, 1895-1972
Cristobal Balenciaga (b. Spain 1896-d. Spain 1972) began as a tailor in Spain and established Eisa Fashion House, named for his mother, in 1917. He opened his couture house in 1937 in Paris, France, having left Spain during the Spanish Civil War. The house closed during World War II, but reopened after the war. Cristobal Balenciaga retired in 1968, and died four years later. His creations are known for the sculptural approach he took to designing, with construction and cut that seemed simple was usually very complicated.
Designed for donor, the ball gown was worn for the first time to La Scala in Milan, Italy, and to an opera ball that followed in the palace of friends of the donors. It was worn with shoulder-length white gloves and fresh white gardenias.
Ball gown of pink silk taffeta. The off-the-shoulder design has several layers of cream colored Chantilly lace around the neckline/shoulder edge. The dress itself is of bright fuchsia pink silk taffeta with ties over each arm. The bodice is seamed and fitted, with a left side seam zipper. The attached matching taffeta skirt is gathered and draped horizontally, and has several layers of Chantilly lace at hem. The skirt has three hoops under the lining.
UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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