Paris: BALMAIN, Pierre.
Ink, watercolor and gouache on xerograph. Fabric swatch attached with staples. Additional handwritten note attached with staples. Some toning on the paper from the fabric. 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 knee-length cocktail and dinner dress, with pockets, belted at the waist. A swatch of the appropriate fabric, a beige shantung, is stapled to the sheet. An additional handwritten note describing the dress is also attached with staples. 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.