One of the great Paris fashion centres, the House of Balmain, has survived the death of its creator, Pierre Balmain.
(July 1): GV EXTERIOR Pierre Balmain fashion centre. (2 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR Workers including Erik Mortensen at the studio fitting dresses.
GV Model showing various dresses. (3 SHOTS)
(July 5): GV Church with people entering. (2 SHOTS)
GV Wreaths. (2 SHOTS)
GV Mourners filing out of church after service. (2 SHOTS)
GV Coffin being carried out of church and placed in hearse.
SV Mourners follow.
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Background: One of the great Paris fashion centres, the House of Balmain, has survived the death of its creator, Pierre Balmain. One of the best known dress designers in the world, Balmain died in a Paris hospital on June 29 at the age of 68. He had fallen ill in May during a visit to Japan when cancer of the liver was diagnosed. The Balmain heyday was in the 1950s when his couture house vied with Christian Dior. He created all his own designs and his clients included Queen Sirikit of Thailand, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, the Empress of Japan and film star Marlene Dietrich. The Balmain House, established in 1945, will now be run by Monsieur Erik Mortensen, seen here preparing for a fashion display on July 1. Among those who sent wreaths for Monsieur Balmain's funeral on July 5 was Pierre Cardin, the head of another famous Paris fashion house. Balmain, who was unmarried, was honoured by the French government. He was made an officer of the Legion of Honour in 1978.