Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Evening dress

Designer:
Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
Date:
1958
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Leon L. Roos, 1973
Accession Number:
1973.104.2a, b
Not on view
Grès, working earlier as Alix, created dresses in shafts of fabric, the diverse fluting of which served on the body like the entasis of a classical column. Seaming together fabric vertically so as to be continuous from hem to neckline, Grès pleated and tucked the materials into a shaping suitable to the body: the same fabric is buoyant and fluid when release-pleated from the waist down. She simulated a waist seam by tight tucking that continues through the bodice, and crowned the dress with volutes and twists. This tour-de-force of material rendered in diverse ways accounts for the tempered ergonomics of such dresses. Their wearers have testified that they felt secure and not immodest in these dresses, so organic was their creation. In this example, only one piece of fabric was added to the column: a small triangle was inserted under the arm to complete the structure, but otherwise the entire dress is conceived as one cylinder.
Related Objects

Shawl

Artist: Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region) Date: ca. 1985 Medium: wool Accession: 2006.420.17 On view in:Not on view

Shawl

Artist: Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region) Date: 1975–93 Medium: angora Accession: 2006.420.19 On view in:Not on view

Dress

Artist: Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region) Date: spring/summer 1974 Medium: wool, silk Accession: 2009.300.1050a, b On view in:Not on view

Evening dress

Artist: Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region) Date: spring/summer 1974 Medium: silk Accession: 2009.300.1051a, b On view in:Not on view

Evening dress

Artist: Attributed to Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region) Date: ca. 1938 Medium: silk Accession: 2009.300.1305 On view in:Not on view