A Cristobal Balenciaga Sac Dress in Vichy Taffeta n ° 55418 Circa 1955/1960
Historic dress from the Sac or Baby Doll line by Cristobal Balenciaga, Spanish master of Haute Couture numbered 55418 and dating from the years 1955-1960. Dress in very fine taffeta with gray and black checks on an off-white background, fully lined with cream silk crepeline. Low waist on the lead-sealed hips and marked with a silk pleated bouillonné and a matching braid to tie. Closure with snaps and buttons covered with taffeta. Assembly of Kimono sleeves, which is one of the Master's specialties. Label in woven cream taffeta indicating Balenciaga 10 avenue Georges V Paris. On the back of the label a handwritten cotton tap indicating 55418. Clean dress with some repairs under the armpits. Without major defect although having been worn. Good condition of color and conservation.
Cristobal Balenciaga is of Spanish Basque origin, born in Getaria in 1895 and is a fashion visionary. He followed the footsteps of his seamstress mother and became an apprentice tailor in 1907. From his beginnings to the opening of his first store, then to the creation of his Haute Couture designer house, his life was established in San Sebastian until 1936. The Spanish Civil War drove him to Paris where, after the opening of the Parisian fashion house, he presented his first collection in 1937. One of the only couturiers to keep his designer house open during the war of 39-45, he never stopped innovating until 1968 when he retired to Spain: “Tonneau” line (1947), “Semi-adjusted” suit (1951), Tunic (1955), “Sac” dress (1957), or his famous dress "Baby Doll" (1958)…
Dimensions: Equivalent French Size 42 Height 120 cm Shoulders 45 cm Collar 3 cm Sleeves 20 cm Chest 102 cm Waist 85 cm Hips 109 cm