Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
late 1960s–early 1970s
Gift of Mrs. J. Gordon Douglas, Jr., 1996
Not on view
Grès had the capacity to seemingly drape the dress before our eyes; here she navigated the figure with loose tangerine silk jersey. Creating a fusion of caftan (a favorite form of hers) and dress, Grès scooped deep in the back and skimmed along a neckline, letting a ruffle extend over both arms, all this over a straight skirt. As always with Grès a tour de force of dressmaking, this example adds to the richest holdings of Grès clothing anywhere.