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Balenciaga Josephus Thimister Runway Silk Polka Dot Evening Dress, 1997
Having worked for a several prominent couture houses such as Chanel and Patou, Josephus Thimister brought his modernist design style to the house of Balenciaga. In the Fall/Winter 1997 collection, Thimister introduced sleek, satin gowns that evoked the crisp, elegant volumes of 1960s Balenciaga. From that collection, this evening dress is made from an ivory silk speckled with large polka dots of black, mocha, and umber.
A shallow boat neckline transitions seamlessly into short batwing sleeves that flow into the tailored torso of the dress. Fitted with curved darts, the dress falls into a gently undulating A-line. On the back, this dress offers the surprise of a sexy scoop back with an explosion of flounces below the waist that cascade into a subtle train ultimately giving this gown a high-low hemline. Reverberating a modern yet 60s femininity, this Balenciaga gown is an exquisite vintage dress perfect for a classy, special occasion. It can be seen on the 1997 runway in the images above.
Size estimate: XS/S
Length: front: 58 inches back: about 66 inches
Fully lined in a matching ivory, this dress is in very good condition some light wear and marks to the bottom hem where it hits the floor. Closes at the side with a concealed zip. 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.