Thursday, July 21, 2011

What to do on a rainy Summer day in Paris?

Madame Grès at La Musée Bourdelle

La Musée Bourdelle was spectacular and
in my opinion a perfect setting for Madame Grès' designs.

Who was Madame Grès? She was born Germaine Émilie Krebs in 1903 and was first known as Alix Barton and later as "Madame Grès." She launched her design house under the name Grès in Paris in 1942. She was formally trained as a sculptress and produced haute couture designs for women such as the Dutchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Jacqueline Kennedy. She was revolutionary in the design world for her immaculate draping technique. She was also one of Azzedine Alaia's major influences and clearly you can see the similarities!!!

These early gowns were used for films under the name Alix.


The first gowns were made from Polyester not silk - CRAZY, right?

This dress and the next one are wool jersey which she developed with the mill.

The first Alaia influence!!!

There were sketches were all over the exhibit and the later ones as Madame Grès were all donated by the house of Yves Saint Laurent

Simply Gorgeous!!!

The yellow dress was donated by Alaia

Hmmmm, this one looks a little Lanvin to me???

Beautiful Goddess Dresses

I want to wear that eggplant dress right now!

Winter Dresses

Look at that! I remember this dress from the 80's. Genius!


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