Madame Gres

Germaine Émilie Krebs (1903–1993), or Madame Grès relaunched her design house under the name Grès in Paris in 1942. Before this, she worked as "Alix" or "Alix Grès" during the 1930s. Trained as a sculptress, she produced designs for celebrities of the day, including the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Jacqui Kennedy. Her signature were the cut-outs on gowns that made exposed skin part of the design and heavy draping techniques, that had a classical, sophisticated feel.
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Evening dress Madame Grès (Alix Barton)  (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)

Dress, Evening Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris Var region) Date: Culture: French Medium: silk, glass, plastic

Grès was able to create pieces of increasingly complex drapery and pleating by tacking her difficult medium onto the rigid form of the shaping underbodice. Her lacing of a #gold lamé ribbon, which articulates the separate, vertically draped panels that run unbroken from neckline to hem, alludes to the girdling and quiver straps seen in classical renderings of #Artemis.

artmodelnyc: “ Evening gown, 1954 Madame Grès (French, White silk jersey Metropolitan Museum of Art ”

The collections of Madame Grès were prized for the pleated #silk #jersey #gowns that ended each of her shows.

fashioninhistory: “ Evening Dress Madame Grès 1967 The collections of Madame Grès were prized for the pleated silk jersey gowns that ended each of her shows. With their himation-like draped swags,.

Always sympathetic to the #sari—its function to wrap and its propagation of bias as a consequence of spiraling #drapery—Madame Grès was particularly influenced by her research sojourn in #India in the 1950s.

Cocktail dress, ca. 1960 Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Magenta silk Purchase, Gifts from various donors, 1993

Madame Gres - #Fashion #Designer

Madame Grès junto a uno de sus diseños en 1946 (Eugène Rubin/ FNAC/ Centre national des arts plastiques – ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Paris)

Madame #Gres (1984).

Designer Madame Grès in She was one of the last of the haute couture houses to establish a ready-to-wear line.

Madame Grès. Draping and ruffle in flesh coloured #silk.

Madame Alix Grès – France, 1955 “Grecian” evening dress (front detail), pink silk jersey Photograph: Irving Solero, Courtesy of the Museum at the FIT

1960s Madame Grès Designs. These could be worn now and still look current.

1962 vintage fashion style evening gown dress long blue pink model magazine print ad re carpet car

This evening dress is a replica of a 1955 design and was made especially for the Museum in 1971. Madame Grès trained as a sculptor and then turned to haute couture, becoming 'Alix', with premises in the Faubourg St Honoré in Paris. She re-opened at 1 rue de La Paix in 1941 as 'Grès'.

Evening dress