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Grace Coddington front row at Pierre Balmain, Paris Haute Couture, Autumn Winter 1977



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Balmain Couture at the Balmain Salon Autumn 1971


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Pierre Balmain
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Cream silk satin and black velvet; net underskirt
Circa 1960, France
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Haute couture was firmly established in the 1950s as the luxury industry par excellence. With an international stature and clientele, it projected a unique visual sumptuousness with expensive materials and quality custom production. Classically, luxury operates through symbols of distinction, asserting values of taste and class refinement. Pierre Balmain evokes the dignity and refinement of a tuxedo by adding a cumberbund to this elegant evening gown, reflecting his observation that “a certain desire to not draw attention mixes with a subtly noticeable concern to be distinctive.”
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A PIERRE BALMAIN BALL GOWN, FRENCH, CIRCA 1955

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Circa 1960. Approximate size 8. Vintage 1960's designer silk dress with opalescence sequins.




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Model standing in hat and suit-dress, Vogue Pattern # 1054, fabric by Balmain.



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Janine Holland, a 21-year-old 'Maid of Cotton, 1951' of Houston, Texas, is shown in a cotton evening gown designed especially for her by Pierre Balmain. The American Cotton Queen now visiting in Paris is shown with Balmain during the final fitting. The gown is of Charteuse cotton with burgundy colored roses covering one hip.



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Pierre Balmain Couture Evening Gown, 1960s
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Balmain Couture Printed Evening Gown, c. 1970
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Balmain Couture Evening Set, 1970s
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Black organza and velvet mini-dress, circa 1968, labelled `Pierre Balmain, Paris' numbered 150815, with large cutwork daisies and spots, the petals formed from rouleaux of organza against a nude chiffon ground, zip fastened to the back.


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Strapless Party Dress, Late 1950s.






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Couture Gown, Spring 1955.






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