1960s Pierre Balmain Haute Couture Beaded Silk Dress
This stunning dress is a numbered haute couture gown by Balmain. It is a fantastic blend of green silk chiffon that is layered over a pale pink base. The effect of the two colors together is quite beautiful. The bodice, cuffs and hem are all heavily covered with hand applied embellishments in pink, gold and clear beads & sequins. Additionally, the upper portion of the bodice on both the back and front is covered with this hand bead work. The neckline is scooped and that same scooped shape is mirrored at the back but cut deeper with a thick panel of beading following the curve. The bead work at the wrist and hem is a full two inches deep. This not only adds detail but gives the hem and cuffs some weight so that the dress sits and drapes perfectly as Balmain intended. The sleeves billow out at the wrist adding the perfect feminine touch. There are endless couture level details - little straps set just inside the bodice to hold your underpinning perfectly in place; weights encased in silk near the back zipper so it falls just so - all perfectly and meticulously done. It is an amazing example of the fine workmanship and attention to detail of Haute Couture. It is a true piece of fashion history. Excellent condition.
The dress is fully lined in a pale peachy pink grosgrain textured silk through the body and silk chiffon within the sleeves. The heavy beading detail that adorns the bodice, cuffs and hem are all applied on netting and there may be the occasional loose or missing bead and thread but it is so profusely done it does not deter. The numbered tag found under the main label is there but the writing has faded so I am not 100% certain of the number. Hand finished. It closes with a back, hand set, painted metal zipper and each cuff has a hidden painted metal zipper. There are two teeny areas on the front where the silk has thinned but they do not go all the way through the fabric.
Bust: 16" from side seam to side seam
Waist: 14" from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" from side seam to side seam
Total length: 49" from shoulder to bottom hem
Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival