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Balenciaga Black Polka Dot Silk Mini Dress, 1990s


Presented by newly appointed head designer Nicolas Ghesquière, the Fall/Winter 1997 runway captured the Balenciaga essence with a balance of edge and elegance incorporating tailored looks and feminine dresses with the added quirk of playful polka dot prints. Presumably from that collection, this Balenciaga mini dress spares no details.

A black silk chiffon overlay accented by a black satin collar and multi-tiered ruffle detail at the hem provide an elaborate frame for the crème and black polka-dot silk crepe underdress. Adding to the boldness of this design are moderate size bishop sleeves with matching black satin cuffs. The vertical aspects and loose flow of this dress give off a 60s youthful aesthetic met with a goth Lolita edge.

Size: 36

Size estimate: XS/S

Shoulders: 15 inches

Sleeves: 25 inches

Bust: 34 inches

Waist: 30 inches

Hips: 32 inches

Length: 33 inches

At the centre back the dress fastens with an invisible zip while the overlay is closed with hand-set concealed snaps. The cuffs are finished with quarter-ball buttons that mimic the polka dot dress pattern. In excellent condition, this dress has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.

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