Mauve wool 2piece suit; fitted jacket with wide boat neckline with broad turn-down collar; flap pockets to hips; single breasted with 4 large circular self fabric buttons with stitched centres; 4 vertical darts each side front; lined satin; woven label 'Balenciaga, 10 Avenue George V, Paris' and numbered by hand '39 071'. Matching pencil skirt. Belonged to Vera McNair, born August 1917, a trained dressmaker. Her daughter thought that she must have been given it by the original owner as she was not wealthy enough to have bought it new in 1951. Dated to Balenciaga's Spring Summer 1951 collection by the Balenciaga Archives.
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