Dress (a) of black wool. Scooped neck; fitted bodice. Self-fabric bow at center breast. Kimono sleeves with diamond-shaped underarm gussets. Center back zipper closure. Knee-length pencil skirt. Cape (b) of self-fabric. Semi-circular. Attaches to dress with hooks and eyes at center front bodice beneath bow. Cape falls to upper thigh.
Balenciaga/10 Avenue George V Paris; Made in France; 28 Shop/Marshall Field & Company
Worn by donor, Mrs. Albert H. Newman, née Muriel Kallis.
Technically proficient and often referred to as a 'master of construction,' Cristóbal Balenciaga could sew a garment from start to finish. Not many designers possess this talent. This dress has a detachable draped hip cape that can also be worn around the shoulders.