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Evening dress

Designer:
Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
Date:
late 1960s–early 1970s
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Gordon Douglas, Jr., 1996
Accession Number:
1996.448.2
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.
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