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94/125/1 Toile, cocktail dress, womens, off-shoulder, calico, Pierre Balmain, Paris, France, 1947-1950. Click to enlarge.

Test garment for cocktail dress design, by Pierre Balmain

Designed
Toile, cocktail dress, womens, calico, Pierre Balmain, Paris, France, 1947-1950.

Toile for cocktail dress made of calico with fabric swatch attached of embroidered cream silk. Dress is tight fitting with wide off-the-shoulder neckline. Just under the bust is an attached belt with hook and eye fastening and a bow, extending from the bow is a narrow strap that passes under the neckline and over the right shoulder. Tight mid-calf length skirt. Centre back zipper fastening. The skirt has attached …

Summary

Object No.

94/125/1

Object Statement

Toile, cocktail dress, womens, off-shoulder, calico, Pierre Balmain, Paris, France, 1947-1950

Physical Description

Toile, cocktail dress, womens, calico, Pierre Balmain, Paris, France, 1947-1950.

Toile for cocktail dress made of calico with fabric swatch attached of embroidered cream silk. Dress is tight fitting with wide off-the-shoulder neckline. Just under the bust is an attached belt with hook and eye fastening and a bow, extending from the bow is a narrow strap that passes under the neckline and over the right shoulder. Tight mid-calf length skirt. Centre back zipper fastening. The skirt has attached cotton lining with its own centre back hook and eye fastening.

Marks

White cotton label, handwritten: ROBE 104 CORDOUE.

Dimensions

Width

340 mm

Production

Notes

Once the designer completes a set of design sketches, they are sent to the workroom. Using the sketches the workroom makes a toile which is a pattern for the garment in white calico. After the toile is completed, it is modelled for the designer who then decides on any alterations before the garment is made up for presentation to clients.

History

Notes

According to the donor the toiles were purchased in Paris by the buyer of Myer Emporium in the late 1940s and made up in Melbourne for sale throught the store. Toiles were sold to buyers of department stores for copy purposes, the buyers paid a surcharge on each garment they bought thus acquiring the right to make copies from a toile or a paper pattern of an original model.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Joan Wreford, 1994

Acquisition Date

2 June 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

Test garment for cocktail dress design, by Pierre Balmain 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 June 2022, <https://ma.as/138459>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/138459 |title=Test garment for cocktail dress design, by Pierre Balmain |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=28 June 2022 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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