CoutureGRAM: Balmain Strapless Mermaid Gown9/18/2015
Another CoutureGRAM post is an appropriate treat for you, readers. I hope :)
"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." (Liveauctioneers.com)
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.