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

Autumn/Winter 1962

Cristobal Balenciaga
(172 Stamp) (JACQUELINE-GINETTE ANNA Handwriting)
Black gazar with all-over black plastic paillette embroidery.
Inventory Number(s)
AC07006 91-15-2

The plastic paillettes (sequins) of this dress have a cold artificial sparkle, and show the new texture of the 1960s, predicting the trend of later years. Cristobal Balenciaga, who had his eyes set on using modern shapes, quickly identified the trend toward simplified forms and the focus on materials, which would become mainstream later on. We can find his character in this piece.
Although the paillettes are sewed on all over the dress, their sizes vary according to the body shape. It is a perfect work only achieved by Haute Couture. Plastic was used occasionally in the 1920s, but was used more often in the fashion from the 1960s.