Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
Gift of Thomas L. Kempner, 2006
Not on view
Although her loyalty to Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, and Oscar de la Renta is revealed by their quantitative representation in Mrs. Kempner's collection, she was enthralled by the work of Mme Grès in the 1960s and 1970s. She noted in the New York Times for October 10, 1979, "I have Grès dresses going back twenty years. I use them like a library." Mrs. Kempner's small number of pieces, at least relative to her other favored designers, still comprise a survey of Mme Grès's best efforts.
Marking: a) [label] "GRES / PARIS"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Madame Grès," September 13, 1994–November 27, 1994.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," December 12, 2006–March 4, 2007.
de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," June 16, 2007–November 11, 2007.