maxi dress

Pierre Balmain, Paris, 1914 - 1982

maxi dress

Pierre Balmain, Paris 1914 - 1982


Full length A-line maxi-dress or kaftan in applique wild silk: Prussian blue ground with appliqiue claret red front yoke, cuffs, hem and graduating circles from bust to hem; wide pagoda sleeves; shallow round neck; woven label: Balmain, Paris. This shows Balmain echoing ‘moderne’ couture and Scandinavian designers, such as Vuokko and Marimekko. Strikingly dramatic, it is redolent, almost, of an opera costume and is abstract art in itself.

Object Name

maxi dress

Creators Name

Pierre Balmain, Paris

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