1960s Numbered Couture Balmain Dress

This is an amazing couture, numbered piece from the house of Balmain! It is an exceptional example of day wear for the period and immaculately constructed. The exterior is a black silk crepe wool - very fine and light and that is lined in the highest quality silk that feels amazing against the skin - it is so sensual and soft feeling. All the interior work is by hand and the lining and zipper are hand set. Each of the two buttons on the cuffs are hand covered in a matching fabric and the buttonholes are properly finished even though you do not really see them! I love the front detailing - it is a red, black and white boucle that has been set in a strip down the front and around the neck. Each cuff has the same treatment. The neckline is high and the skirt flares out in a gentle A-line so the illusion is of height and leanness. Understated but refined. It is an exceptional piece. Excellent condition.

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulder: 14" across
Bust: 18î flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15î flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19î flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 15" from neck to waist seam
Skirt: 26" from waist to hem

The dress is fully lined in a high grade black silk and closes with a back metal zipper. Each cuff closes with fabric covered buttons - the buttonholes are properly finished. A hand written numbered tag sits under the main tag.

Modern Sizing equivalent: XS-SML (4-6)

Item# DD877

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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