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Evening dress

Designer:
Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
Date:
fall/winter 1953–54
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Bettina Ballard, 1958
Accession Number:
C.I.58.50.2a, b
Not on view
An evening dress is composed of three pieces in a deliberate composition in black and white. The bodice is black. The top insert of the skirt is black. The harem hem is white. Grès uses the piano-keys binaries with a concise and clear sense of composition about apparel. Where the black field meets the white is clear. Where black meets black, Grès articulates the suture with the pink sash. Her clothing is intellectually considered.
Marking: [label] Grès, 1, Rue de la Paix, Paris
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