Madame Grès, Tunic with Silk Chiffon Sash, France,
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Pairs, France, 1960s
Madame Grès (1903-1993) – French fashion designer
Label ‘Madame Grès 1 Rued e la Paix _ Paris’
Rectangular-shaped tunic in bleeding shades of red with scoop neck
Wide cut-out sleeves and lateral button bars
Attached sash of white silk chiffon
Arm length: c. 39 cm
Back width: c. 93 cm
Total length: c. 82 cm
Very good condition
Provenance: private ownership Marguerite Wood-Wessely (also called ‘Blackie’)
Madame Grès once said: ‘For a dress to survive from one era to the next, it must be marked with an extreme purity.’
This fashionable tunic is absolutely timeless and was originally tailored for American opera singer Marguerite Wood-Wessely
This garment is in very good condition with minor traces of wear. The arm length is c. 39 cm, the back width is c. 93 cm and the total length measures c. 82 cm.
Madame Grès (1903-1993)
Madame Grès, with common name Germaine Èmilie Krebs, worked primarily as a sculptor. Since sculpture was no adequate job for women in the 1930s, she switched into the métier of fashion and tailored for renowned couture houses. Under the name of Alix Barton she opened her first boutique in 1934 and made a name of her designs in the French world of fashion. Later she had the breakthrough with her salon ‘Grès’ – an anagram of the name from her husband Serge Czerefkov. Inspired by the sculptural aesthetic of Roman robes Madame Grès can be seen with her designs as a pioneer of the today’s minimalism in fashion. Typical for her fluent dresses were the asymmetrical cuts and cut-outs: ‘I always wanted to be a sculptor’, she said once. ‘It doesn’t matter, if I work with fabric or with stones.’ Prominent clients of her couture house were Jackie Onassis, Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich. Madame Grès was an apologist of the haute couture and changed unwillingly to prêt-à-porter. In 1959 she issued her first perfume ‘Cabochard’, other perfumes followed in the 1990s.
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