pierre balmain

c.1960 Pierre Balmain Navy Haute Couture Back Button Detail Suit

This is a stunning Pierre Balmain suit that is constructed from a deep blue suiting fabric that has a touch of texture to it. I believe that is a mix of a fine wool and silk and this combination gives it enough weight to hold the line but without it feeling bulky or too heavy for a modern wardrobe. We found similar pieces from the 1960 collection and have included those here. The suit has a beautiful sculptural feel with an exaggerated and dramatic swing back cut to the jacket. From the from, when the jacket is buttoned, it nips in slightly at the waist to give it just a hint of a curved in shape. The back of the jacket is gorgeous. It dramatically swings out from the shoulders in a sweep of volume that is wonderful. It is slit with a two button detailed closure and the slit runs from just below the mid-back to the hem. This tops a little A-line skirt whose simplicity perfectly balances the volume at the back of the jacket.  It is immaculately made. The seaming on the inside jacket is fantastic and both pieces have the hand finishing one excepts from a true couture piece. Behind the Balmain label is the the numbered tape showing its Haute Couture origins. Excellent condition with one small note below to read about the buttons.

Both pieces are fully lined in a navy silk. The lining in the skirt is a soft, heavy weight silk satin and the lining in the jacket a more structured silk taffeta. The jacket closes with buttons down the front and has two decorative buttons at the back. The skirt closes with a fine, back metal zipper and flat hook & eye on the waist band. Completely hand finished. Numbered behind the main label. Note the buttons are original and show chips along their edges. These are the original buttons so have been left as found.

Sleeves: 24"
Shoulders: 16.5" across
Bust: to 22" flat across the back from seam to seam
Waist: open
Length: 22" from neck to hem

The back vent is actually open under the overlapped fabric to the fist button - 14" above the hem

Waist: 15" flat across the back from seam to seam
Hips: 20" flat across the back from seam to seam
Length: 24" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD1089

Reference Photos: (1) Pierre Balmain in L'Officiel, 1960.  /  (2) Pierre Balmain in Vogue, March 1960.

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival

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