Collection Online
silk, metal
100.2 cm (centre back) 40.6 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
label, inside left proper back, woven in black on white silk: PIERRE BALMAIN / PARIS
label, inside left proper back, woven in red on white synthetic fabric MADE IN FRANCE
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Mollie Lang, 2003
Gallery location
Not on display
This black cocktail dress has a round neckline, cap sleeves, and finishes in a slight A-line shape at the knee. The upper half, sleeves and lower half of the dress are made in velvet with the remainder of the dress constructed in matte black satin. Between the velvet and the satin, in both front upper and lower parts of the dress, a decorative circular feature is created in the construction of the two different fabrics. The design in the lower half mirrors the design in the upper half of the dress.