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[1950s]. 10 loose plates measuring between 33 x 19 cm and 35 x 25 cm, with illustrations to rectos only. The illustrations are pencil drawings (except for one which is drawn in ink), finished with watercolour and gouache. One plate has glitter elements to depict the jewellery. Each plate has a smaller illustration in the margin depicting the rear view of the garment. One plate is stamped "Balmain" with 'Bagatelle added by hand. A second plate, of a similar size, has an ink notation to the rear - 'Balmain - Beaux quartiers - abito lana / beige completo col no 78'. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). 0.2kg. . Very good; some light wear to edges of some plates, occasional light spotting and surface marks; two "Balmain" plates browned; one plate has four small pin marks to top left corner.A charming collection of fashion illustrations depicting designs from the 1950s. The illustrations are unlikely to stem directly from the couture studios but were probably used by a fashion magazine or retailer to illustrate the new designs that had just come off the catwalk. The Italian inscription is a clue to their place of origin. One design of a sleeveless evening gown with full skirt is identical to a Christian Dior dress from his Autumn/Winter 1952/53 collection and carries his New Look style. The dress titled 'Balmain Bagatelle' is very similar to a Balmain day dress from 1955. None of the images are signed but are certainly drawn by the one hand. The designs are for one evening dress, four day dresses, two suits and three coats.