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Athenes evening dress and scarf
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
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
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.