The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947 – 1957, Part III

Balenciaga Evening Gown - 1950

Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga
Model: Dovima
Photographer: Richard Avedon
Published: Harper’s Bazaar (British edition), December 1950

Balenciaga Coat - 1950

Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga
Model: Lisa Fonssagrives
Photographer: Irving Penn
Published: Vogue (French edition), 1950

Balenciaga Dress with Scarves- 1951

Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga
Fabric: Satin and Chiffon

Balenciaga Wool Suit - 1954

Designer: Cristobal Balenciaga
Fabric: Wool Tweed
Model: Yvonne
Published: Vogue (French edition), September 1954
Cost: Approximately 110,000 francs

Balenciaga Suit - 1948

Designer – Cristobal Balenciaga
Model: Elise Daniels
Photographer: Richard Avedon
Published: Harper’s Bazaar (American edition), October 1948
(I cropped this photo because the model is surrounded by street performers; it is a wierd and unpleasant photo, but a beautiful suit. Avedon was a talented artist, but this was just too bizarre.)

All photographs and information are from the book “The Golden Age of Couture Paris & London:1947-1957”, edited by Claire Wilcox, for the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibit.

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