Pierre Balmain (French, 1914-1982), Paris Embroidery: House of Lesage, Paris (founded 1924)

Maker / Designer Pierre Balmain (French, 1914-1982), Paris

Embroidery: House of Lesage, Paris (founded 1924)
Date 1967
Materials Silk;rhinestones, thread, beads  
Technique Silk and metal-thread brocade; embroidery
Accession Number 2010.38.6
History Her Majesty Queen Sirikit wore this dress on at least three occasions:8 June 1967, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York during a state visit to the United States;2 October 1969, to the National Theatre in Bangkok; and 27 March 1972, to a state banquet given by Their Majesties for the President of India at Chakri Throne Hall in the Grand Palace, Bangkok.
Remarks Named for the ChakriMahaPrasat Hall at the Grand Palace, Thai Chakri is a very formal gold or silver metal-thread brocade evening dress. The style features a skirt with a front pleat and an attached traditional Thai shoulder cloth. It is often embellished with embroidery.

Thai Chakri is one of eight styles of Thai national dress developed by Her Majesty between 1958 and 1964.