Evening dress, Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region), silk, French

Evening dress

Designer:
Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
Date:
1954
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Murray Graham, 1961
Accession Number:
C.I.61.39.4
Not on view
Panels of taffeta function for Grès as gray, black, and white elements did for Whistler in his painted symphonies and arrangements. An elegant dress with crisscrossing panels of gray taffeta slightly varied in tint betrays its construction as the matrix of its apparent surfaces: the gray panels are continuous pieces that loop under to create a ballooning skirt in the manner of a helical harem skirt. Characteristically, Grès violates the side seam at the waist, where arcs cut into the waistline, visually diminishing it but also giving a sense-like that of Vionnet-of the body's three-dimensionality.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Madame Grès," September 13, 1994–November 27, 1994.

National Gallery of Victoria. "Fabulous Fashion (1907–67)," 1981.