Attributed to Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
Gift of Anne Helen Hess, in memory of Audrey S. Hess, 1975
Not on view
Grès employs double-faced wool like a reversible shell. The joinings are finished in a clean welt with no seam allowance because the two faces of the fabric are split open and stitched together to a self-finished edge. The unseen interior is as beautifully finished as the exterior: other than the placement of the label, the suit could literally be reversed.