V and A "Golden Age of Couture" Pierre Balmain (1914-82) Paris About 1950 Dress: silk grosgrain with machine-made Swiss embroidery Petticoat: boned silk net and silk Given by Mrs G. Sachet Museum no. T.349
Pierre Balmain couture embroidered black satin cocktail gown, Autumn-Winter 1959, labelled and numbered 85188, the satin by Leonard, the embroidery by Lesage, with high neckline, low, square back, adorned overall with pale blue beads, silver raffia, pearls and crystals with periwinkles, shells and delicate scrolling foliage.
Dress, ca. 1865-early 1870s. Two bodices, skirt, & petticoat, with skirt bag, hat, & sash. White cotton slinong (?); different pieces have Valenciennes lace, satin ribbon, machine embroidery & porcelain buttons. Evening bodice shown here; buttons in back. Petticoat of off-white cotton batiste. Hallwyl Museum via Wikimedia Commons