There are few times that you come across a gown so beautiful that you feel intimidated by. This is one of such occasions.
Balenciaga was born in the small fishing village of Guetaria in the Basque region of Spain on January 21, 1895. From his early years, he spent many hours by his mother's side as she worked as a seamstress. In his teens, the most prominent woman of his town, the Marquesa de Casa Torres, became his patron and client, sending him to Madrid for formal training in tailoring and proudly wearing the results. Balenciaga found early success in his native country. He opened branches of his boutique Eisa in Madrid, Barcelona, and the fashionable seaside resort of San Sebastián. His designs were favored by the Spanish royal family and fashionable members of the aristocracy. Balenciaga then moved to Paris where he staged his first runway show. He had worn the world over. Women did not have to be perfect to wear his clothes. His clothes made them beautiful. In 1953 he introduced the ballon jacket, an elegant sphere like shape that put the wearer's head on a pedestal. This silk red gown was created in 1955, capturing both the new silhouette for women and the color of his beloved homeland, Spain. With a double label and in perfect condition, this 57 year old gown is fit for a museum and at the same time absolutely wearable. It is the perfect second wedding dress, and red carpet ready.
Eisa by Cristobal Balenciaga red silk gown with capelet, 1955. Modern size 2 to small 4.
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