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c 1952 Pierre Balmain Demi Couture Lace Evening Gown w/Train

We are so pleased to bring you this circa 1952 Pierre Balmain demi-couture evening gown - there's no other way to describe this gown than to simply call it dreamy. Layers of varying shades of pink silk and lace in addition to its long silk train make this a truly timeless and wearable find!

It is extremely rare to find this particular New York/Paris label. After traveling extensively and realizing the potential of an international market, Balmain opened his first US boutique in New York City in 1949. There, ready to wear dresses were made in France yet marketed to the American audience with many couture (or demi-couture) details. Sadly, while extremely successful, the short lived boutique was to close in 1953. We were told by the original owner that this dress purchased in the NYC boutique for her debut in 1952.

The gown itself features a strapless sweetheart neckline with scalloped edges and gathered "modesty" panel in the bust with slinky fitted skirt and flared mermaid hem. Made entirely from pale blush colored lace with rose colored backing and pale petal pink attached silk train. The attached gathered sash leads to a magnanimous cascading silk train that drags the ground. The train also has a small finger strap hidden beneath so that it can be carried when walking (or more importantly, dancing). Also includes the matching leather backed, lace belt and bolero.

Very very good, wearable vintage condition. Please see the detailed condition reports below. In addition, we do have photos of EVERYTHING mentioned below and are happy to share them. For space reasons, we did not include them in the listing. PLEASE contact us before purchasing so that we can share them with you. We did recently have this dress cleaned at the esteemed Madame Paulette in NYC.

The dress does have a few very small stains in the lace that are completely lost when being worn in addition to some general scuffing/dirt on the train from dragging the floor, as is common with any similar piece.

There is a small amount of silk lining peeling away inside the neckline of the bolero (not visible from the outside)

The belt sadly, is the one piece with real problems. The leather backing is cracked in many places. In addition, the lace-covered buckle is losing much of its lace.

For an in-depth history of this incredible dress + a closer look at the work of Pierre Balmain, check out part 1 of our blogpost Pierre Balmain -- From Lace to Lesage.
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