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Evening dress

Designer:
Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
Date:
fall/winter 1954–55
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Dimensions:
(a) Length at CB: 49 in. (124.5 cm) (b) Length at CB: 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Byron C. Foy, 1956
Accession Number:
C.I.56.60.6a, b
Not on view
Each draped dress begins with silk jersey panels disposed vertically and seamed together. Grès gathers the panels at the waist, tacking the moderately shirred jersey to its understructure. The bodice continues the shirring into tighter, more complicated pleating that continues the panel to finish in braided summits and bands and leaf and flower simulations, all sustaining the same jersey panels that began below in loose fullness.
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