Collection Online
Dress with apron
silk, wool, metal
(a) 117.8 cm (centre back) 32.0 cm (waist, flat) (dress)
(b) 72.5 × 127.0 cm (apron)
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
(a) label, side seam, woven in white thread on black silk: PIERRE BALMAIN / PARIS
label, side seam, printed in ink on white cotton tape: 71830
label, side seam, woven in red on white: MADE IN FRANCE
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1972
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
An outfit comprised of a brown velvet dress with a fitted bodice and narrow skirt worn with a brown woollen stole tied around the waist. The dress is calf length with three-quarter sleeves eased at the elbow. At the top shoulder, the neckline rises slightly up the neck, to form centre buttoning that begins at the nape and continues through to the hemline. At the centre front the neckline forms a narrow ‘v’. The apron stole is cut in two halves from a brown knitted woollen cloth and finished with brown wool fringes. Constructed to tie over one hip and fall to a point on the other.