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Friday, January 2, 2015

Fashion Flashback Friday: Pierre Balmain

I have been doing a Fashion Flashback feature on Facebook and Instagram for a while now, but there are always so many great photos to share. So I decided that starting in 2015, I'd devote a blog entry to the week's featured designer as well.

This week, it was Pierre Balmain's vintage designs.

Four facts about Balmain:

1. He was quoted as saying that 'Dressmaking is the architecture of movement'.

2.Balmain worked closely with Dior and credited the conception of 'New Look Fashion' to himself, although ultimately the credit has remained with the former.

3.Classically designed ballgowns were one of his signatures, showcasing exquisite detailing and extravagantly full skirts.

The above masterpiece is credited to Balmain much of the time but I am still uncertain, since the internet is notorious for misleading folks in this respect. Regardless, it definitely speaks of his style and it is fascinating, so I included it here.

4.Balmain also designed for theater, ballet, and film, as well as royalty. Queen Sirikit of Thailand commissioned him to design her 1960 wardrobe for her visit to the US.


Natalie_vintage_girl said...

I love the 2nd and 3rd last one the most. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

HI Ashley, just found your page and this post really caught my eye. I love Balmain. I owned (and later sold) a beautiful late 1950s/early 60s Balmain dress when I ran an online vintage dress shop - I then featured it as one of the main dresses in my fictional blog here on blogger - The unveiling of the invisible woman. I've removed the actual story whilst I finish developing it into a novel but the photographs are all there along with a few real life posts. The dress was so simple but truly lovely. Look forward to reading more of your posts, Jules.

sara doore said...

WOW. This guy absolutely blows my mind. I wish I was going to a ball now and wearing one of his gowns. I just died and went to fashion heaven.

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