vintage patterns

Saturday, November 19, 2011


When I saw this Balenciaga gown in the Vogue 1969 magazine it so reminded me of a very toned down Jessica McClintock style from the 80s.

The text reads: Balenciaga chose black - his favorite color - to fabricate this evening gown from 1951 with a hip-length lace bodice and a taffeta skirt. He manipulated the fabric to make it act like a prop under the skirt, create volume, and give the hem structure. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a gift of Gina Gerardo 1993.

Must be the black tight bodice and satin flounce... makes me want to redesign this Gunne Sax dress to look more like the Balenciaga.  I do love the way the lace moves around the gathered flounce of the Balenciaga gown.


  1. I think they are both just lovely!

  2. Ugh...the gunne sax dresess. They remind me of high school. Love the 60's one -and you're right, there is a resemblance. I suppose all fashion is somewhat recycled.

    Hi Victoria!

  3. Wow, gorgeous! I love the gathered flounce, as well. It'd probably be not that hard to recreate, although with the dress pictured, it may come out a bit shorter than the original?

  4. that is an amazing Balenciaga dress I love the lace that goes over the entire gown.


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