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Medium
rayon, cotton (chemical lace), silk (lining)
Measurements
110.5 cm (centre back) 43.0 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
France
Inscription
label, inside centre back seam, woven in black on white silk: PIERRE BALMAIN / PARIS
Accession Number
2011.68
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, 2011
Gallery location
Not on display
Description
This white A-line dress is composed in three sections. The upper and lower thirds are made of luxurious guipure cotton lace reminiscent of seventeenth century Venetian gros point needle lace. Made in fine chemical lace, the bold floral motifs are suspended as if in mid-air. The centre section of the dress is made of rayon fabric. Expertly constructed, the neckline, sleeves and hem are finished with rolled edging. Fastenings through the centre back are cleverly hidden behind fastidiously cut flowers and motifs.