Paris: BALMAIN, Pierre.
Ink, watercolor and gouache on xerograph. Fabric swatch attached with staples. Sheet measures 12.25" x 8.5".
This original croquis from the designer Pierre Balmain was made from a xerograph of an original drawing, which was then hand-colored with ink, watercolor, and gouache. The design shows a skirt and jacket combination. The jacket has a fur collar, pocket details, and a belt. A swatch of the appropriate fabric, grey and black wool, is stapled to the sheet. These sketches were produced in a limited quantity and presented to potential clients in attendance at the Paris Couture shows held by Balmain in the spring and fall of each year. This example is in good condition and makes a wonderful document for any lover of fashion.