CoutureGRAM: Balmain Strapless Mermaid Gown


Another CoutureGRAM post is an appropriate treat for you, readers. I hope :)

This one was found on Liveauctioneers again, and this time our study object is a Balmain Couture Strapless Sequinned Mermaid Gown. 

"BALMAIN COUTURE STRAPLESS SEQUINNED MERMAID GOWN 1950's. Black sheath with sweetheart bodice having boned and wired cotton corset, cotton net gown covered in black sequins with flared hem, silk lining, back zipper. Label "Pierre Balmain Paris" with tape inked 59749." (

The next shot gives a clear idea of couture corselet construction at Balmain: bust cup shaping using wire, underbust stay (blogged about it here), boning, waist stay, neckline finishing, hand stitches...

Here, we get a better view of the neckline finish, as well as seam finishes.

Let's discuss... 

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  1. The stitches in the last picture look really messy, could it be that this gown has been reworked or mended by someone who was not a professional? I can't imagine a couture house would put out such work, especially when compared with the other gowns in your couturegram series, which look neat and tidy on the inside. Love this series by the way, it is so instructive!


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