• Fashion Through the Ages auction at Christies

    Sale 5945

    Fashion Through the Ages

    3 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 166

    A SLEEVELESS COCKTAIL DRESS OF BLACK LACE

    EISA, CIRCA 1950

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    A SLEEVELESS COCKTAIL DRESS OF BLACK LACE
    EISA, CIRCA 1950
    the lace overskirts heightened by white petticoats
    Labelled: Eisa


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    Balenciaga's fascination with his Spanish heritage is epitomised by his use of black lace throughout his career. Drawing on the imagery of eighteenth century aristocracy, as painted by Goya, Balenciaga fashioned many versions of a lace over-dress and contrasting under-dress.

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