KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Cocktail dress

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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Cocktail dress

c. 1955

Cristobal Balenciaga
BALENCIAGA 10 AVENUE GEORGE V. PARIS 52808 (handwriting)
Pink silk taffeta ; white lace at hem.
Inventory Number(s)
AC5147 85-29-1AB

A beautiful silhouette is created by the silk taffeta skirt - supported by a hooped petticoat - and in which tucks have been made to reveal the lace below the hemline so that the fabric appears to entwine the wearer. The full skirt, reminiscent of mid-19th Century crinolines, was in vogue during the 1950s. An Haute Couture masterpiece that showcases the generous use of lightweight, beautifully colored taffeta.