Pinning to look at later. Memories of a Parisian Seamstress: Tales and techniques from the workrooms of couturier Jacques Fath.this article has been reissued by "Threads" Magazine" Threads Special Designer Issue"
This is a Balmain evening dress from 1958 with a built-in foundation piece. When I worked a bridal stores I remember that all bridal gowns had this as well. It helps support the bust as the gown weight weighs her down.
RALPH & RUSSO is not only the sole British house on the couture schedule, but is also one of the more recent additions, which is perhaps why the label is so keen to constantly evolve and challenge conventions.