This shawl dress was part of the collection on exhibit at the Spanish Institute, New York, and curated by Hamish Bowles. The central motif is emblazoned at such a grand scale it takes over the entire piece. The embroidered satin stitch reminds me of Chinese pieces, where the floral elements again were typically created using long and graded satin stitches. The lustrous petals emanate from the central stamen, growing into large petal clusters. The wrap of the shawl around the curve of a shoulder is taken further; in Balenciaga’s hands the petals wrap the entire body in a close skimming column dress.
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