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printed silk (organza)
(a) 149.0 cm (centre back) 47.0 cm (waist, flat) (dress)
(b) 388.0 × 66.0 cm (scarf)
Place/s of Execution
(a) label centre back neckline, woven in black on white synthetic fabric: PIERRE BALMAIN / PARIS
inscribed in ink on white cotton tape on reverse: 154 593
label, centre back neckline, woven in red on white synthetic fabric: MADE IN FRANCE
label, centre back neckline, printed in black on white synthetic fabric: PIERRE BALMAIN / Paris / Made in France / Scarf No 146 / "Athenes" / SILK 100%
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1995
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The dress is created from four multi-coloured geometric style scarves designed by Balmain and entitled "Athenes" scarf No 146. The construction of the dress fuses these pieces together to create a continuous bold pattern. The neckline, side seams and side fasteners are highlighted with a 5cm strip of black organza. The garment is entirely hand finished and stamped with a unique couture number. The matching wrap consists of 6 pieces assemble in an irregular shape featuring 2 large triangular pieces. Geometric motif influenced by the contemporary minimalist art movement.