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Madame Grès (French, 1903–1993). Evening Gown, ca. 1979. Red silk taffeta.


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Although Mme Grès is best known for her densely pleated, silk jersey “Goddess” gowns, she equally favored eveningwear in more varied silhouettes rendered in heavy silk crepes, mohair knits, and silk taffetas. Her reliance on draping may be seen in one element of her work that emerges as a signature: her preference for unbroken lengths of fabric to compose her designs. In this evening gown, Mme Grès used a continuous loop of taffeta with a pouf extruding at the left shoulder. While it is ornamental, the pouf is not applied but is an integral extension of the fabric that forms the bodice of the gown. The fit of the gown is accomplished by the shaping of its two sideseams and the insertion of bust darts.
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Madame Gres Haute Couture c. 50s black one shoulder swag effect silk jersey evening gown.
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Gres Boutique early 1980s silk floral print dress with dramatic cowl back.
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Madame (Alix) Grès (France, Paris, 1903 - 1993-11-24)
Woman's Evening Dress, 1961
Silk jersey knit

Madame Grès, who was known for her elegantly pleated evening wear, started this dress with a stiff, boned inner-corset with wired bust pads. Over this structure she hand-pleated and stitched endless yards of silk jersey across the bodice, then let the fabric fall freely from the waist. Her gowns echo the look of classical marble statues.
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Madame Gres Pant Suit
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Black silk, with long sleeved tunic cut out at side midriff, complex hook and eye closure around shoulder and left arm, hip hugger pants, labeled: Gres/1 Rue de la Paix/Paris.
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Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion
February 2 to April 19, 2008

Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion presents the work of the great Parisian couturiere, Madame Alix Grès. She created gowns of exquisite beauty and dressed many of the most stylish women of the twentieth century. One of the most brilliant dressmakers of the twentieth century, her work is noted for its sculptural quality and innovative construction techniques.

This exhibition, with over seventy garments from both museum and private collections, will present the three most important stylistic elements of Madame Grès’s work: her classically-inspired pleated gowns usually made of matte silk jersey; her simple and geometric designs based on ethnic costume; and the three-dimensional, sculptural quality that was a hallmark of much of her work.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a beautifully designed book, Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion, published by the prestigious Yale University Press. The text of 25,000 words with will be illustrated with over 100 photographs of garments from museum and private collection as well as images from leading magazines.

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Known for dressing some of the most famous women of last century, Madame Grès favored draping her Grecian-style dresses on live mannequins and was the last of the couture houses to produce a ready-to-wear line. This air of haute perfection reveals itself in FIT’s exhibit “Madame Grès: Spinx of Fashion,” which showcases not only her sculptured signature dresses, but also a colorful cape worn by Doris Day and an innovative silk crepe pajama dress worn by Diana Vreeland.
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A grey and yellow plaid wool and mohair cape-coat, gift of Doris Day. 1950
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"Grecian" evening dress, celery silk jersey, 1965
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"Grecian" evening dress, navy blue silk jersey, 1972
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"Grecian" evening gown, blue silk jersey, 1937
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"Grecian" evening dress (front detail), off-white silk jersey
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"Grecian" evening dress (back view), aubergine silk jersey, 1965
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