1970s Pierre Balmain Haute Couture Deep Red Silk Pleat Dress
Haute Couture does not always have to be an elaborate, over the top piece. Sometimes the beauty of couture lies in the restraint of the line and the outward appearance of simplicity that actually hides the hours of handwork put into each piece. This wonderful dress is numbered Haute Couture and would have been made by hand in the Paris atelier. The attention to detail shown in every stitch is breathtaking and to the highest standards. The silk crepe used is of the highest possible grade and the gives the dress its beautiful drape and fall. The top is cut into a wide V and is cleverly constructed to look like a separate top over the long skirt. It is of course, all one piece. Each sleeves is cut so that it puffs out slightly above the fitted cuffs. The skirt is a masterpiece of pleat work. Each individual pleat is perfectly matched to its neighbor and inset around the waist with all the work hidden under the overlap of the bodice. It is truly a brilliantly cut dress and when you see it in person and see that every stitch is done by hand, including the finish to all the interior seams, you will be astounded at the level of craftsmanship and care put into the construction. A masterpiece of museum quality condition. Excellent condition.
Fully lined in a matching silk satin and is completely made by hand as the parameters of Haute Couture dictates. It closes with a back, handset painted metal zipper. The cuffs snap into place under three silk covered decorative buttons. Haute Couture tape under the tag with number 157888. Note that in person the color is a more garnet toned red then how it photoed. It looks like it was worn very little, if at all.
Bust: 18-19.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips at inner lining: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15.5" from shoulder to hidden waist seam
Skirt: 39.5" from hidden waist seam 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.