Cocktail dress

Designer Madame Grès (Germaine Émilie Krebs) French

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Always interested in the non-tailored options of Eastern dress, Grès was especially inspired by Indian dress in the 1950s. In this evening dress, she fits and wraps a sari over the underbodice. The fabrication is of two worlds, combining the planar and untailored concept of the sari with a retention of Western dressmaking. Like her caftans, adroitly draped to cleave to the body, the sari is an accommodated convention for Grès.

Cocktail dress, Madame Grès (Germaine Émilie Krebs) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region), silk, French

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