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A Balenciaga couture pleated goffered chiffon and silk crêpe dinner dress, probably Autumn-Winter 1948. Photo Kerry Taylor Auctions.

Paris labelled and numbered 41282, the bodice and draped skirt front horizontally pleated, with cap-sleeves, integral boned corset, floating panels of un-pleated chiffon to each hip, over a heavy silk crêpe column, bust 112cm, 44in, waist 92cm, 36in

In Balenciaga’s Autumn-Winter 1948 collection he presented a number of black dinner gowns with boned bodices and pleated skirt details; a black taffeta example was immortalized in British Vogue, November, 1948 by the illustrator Eric.

Kerry Taylor Auctions. Jun 24, 2014. 249 Long Lane, London, SE1 4PR, United Kingdom

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