Jean Dessès (French (born Egypt), Alexandria 1904–1970 Athens)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Claus von Bülow, 1971
Not on view
Jean Dessés originally travelled to Paris from Egypt to study law and diplomacy; however, he soon discovered that his true passion was designing. He opened his own couture house in Paris in 1937 and became known for his characteristic twists and gathers which he magically executed on a variety of fabrics. Considered his best work are his evening dresses of chiffon, which have the appearance of classical sculpture. He favored ombré fabrics and colors other than black, such as Wedgwood blue, old rose, taupe, eggplant, green, brown, pale grays, faint pinks, and whites.
From the designer's oeuvre of work, this is a perfect example of Dessés classic draped chiffon evening gowns. As he often worked with a variety of colors, the yellow chiffon, accented with marigold is fitting, especially for the sixties. The delicate fabric, manipulated to perfection, is held in place by the understructure of the garment.
Marking: Label: "Jean Dessès/12 Rd. Pt. Champs-Elysées" Tape label sewn underneath main label