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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