Rare 1950s Numbered Haute Couture Pierre Balmain Button Back Suit
This is a stunning Pierre Balmain suit that is constructed from a deep blue suiting fabric with a touch of texture to it. There is of course no fabric breakdown but it feels to be a mix of a fine wool and silk. I would date this as a late sixties piece, perhaps even early 1960s based on the wonderful lines and cut of the piece and the label. It has a beautiful sculptural feel with an exaggerated and dramatic swing back. When the jacket is buttoned up, it nips in slightly at the waist to give it just a hint of a curving peplum hip. This tops a simple and perfectly cut fitted A-line skirt that balances the volume of the jacket perfectly. The back of the jacket is the star of the piece - it dramatically swings back and out with a sweep of volume and has a button detail that runs down to the him from just below the mid-back. It is wonderfully made inside and out - the seaming in the inner jacket is fantastic and it has proper hand finishes throughout - as one would except from a true couture piece, denoted by the numbered ribbon that is tucked behind the label, making it a true and rare piece of Haute Couture. Excellent condition with one small note on the buttons - please read below.
Both pieces are fully lined in fine 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 a row of decorative buttons at the back. The skirt closes with a fine, back metal zipper and flat hook and eye on the waist band. Completely hand finished. Numbered behind the main label. Note the buttons are original and have chipped along their edges showing the white underneath. These are the original buttons so have been left as found.
Shoulders: 16.5" across
Bust: to 22" flat across the back from seam to seam
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
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival