Cocktail dress

Designer: Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)

Date: ca. 1960

Culture: French

Medium: silk

Credit Line: Purchase, Gifts from Various Donors, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.190


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.