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Prettiest 1960s Pierre Balmain Full Length Fused Velvet in Black Silk Geometric Pattern Skirt

Pierre Balmain began his career at Molyneux where he worked part-time until 1936. After a brief stint serving in the military he landed at the house of Lucian Lelong. He eventually made the leap to independence and his first show was held on October 12th, 1945 at his salon at rue Francois 1er. This is a skirt that perfectly shows that sometimes the beauty of a piece lies in the restraint of the cut and its simplicity. 

The skirt is full length and falls from the waist in a slight A-line to the floor. It is made out of a silk base that has a soft silk cut velvet devore fused into it to create the pattern that you see. The band at the waist gives it structure and it is made out of a black silk organza that has a stiffened fabric in behind. It glides over the hips and then flares out as it nears the hem. There is a more structured silk lining inside and the hem of that inner lining has a band of stiffening all the way around so that it helps to hold and give the skirt a little bit of extra volume and shape once it is on you. The velvet pattern that runs over the skirt is a geometric design that combines open diamonds and jagged rows of vertical lines of velvet. This is an easy way to add a little bit of vintage glamour to your wardrobe and it would pair endlessly with modern pieces for a variety of different looks. Excellent condition with one small note below.

Fully lined in a black silk with lots of detailing finishes inside. It closes with hook and eye over a keyhole at the back. There is a little row of stitches at the inner front waist which is actually a little couture detail even though this is a boutique piece. I see the slightest bit of flattening to the velvet near the seat of a skirt at the back.

Waist: 13.25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 20" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 42" from waist to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-MED

Item# DD4536

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