BALENCIAGA

1969 : Madrid salon closes.

1957 : Spring: Cocoon coats debut. Super-hiked hems-clear up to the knee-raise eyebrows. July: Balenciaga resigns from the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Fall: The "Giant" collection features oversize accessories and jumbo collars and pockets on coats cut "five sizes too large," WWD says, quoting the buzz at the show. "New and exciting to buyers is the knee-length chemise dress . . . with shallow shoulder yoke and tapering unfitted to the hemline."

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