Christian Dior did not say Cristobal Balenciaga was “the master of us all” without reason. Even with something as simple as a nightgown, Balenciaga’s high standards and exquisite craftsmanship set his work apart. There will be a few Balenciaga items on display, including these two pieces of intimate apparel, as part of the upcoming exhibit, “Undress: Shaping Fashion and Private Life.”
This slip, made with black silk and Alencon lace, has rows of hand stitched, vertical pintucks that aren’t visible at first glance.
The peach silk nightgown is also deceptively simple.
Upon closer inspection one sees the carefully joined pieces of lace and delicate appliques on the bodice.
Looking closer still we can see each impossibly small hem stitch used to secure the applique to the bodice.
So precise! It nice to be able to share these details!
Joanne Arnett, Curatorial Assistant