This evening dress is a replica of a 1955 design and was made especially for the Museum in 1971. Madame Grès trained as a sculptor and then turned to haute couture, becoming ‘Alix’, with premises in the Faubourg St Honoré in Paris. She re-opened at 1 rue de La Paix in 1941 as ‘Grès’. A house press release described Madame Grès’ personal manner of handling materials ‘almost without seams’, and how she ‘induced manufacturers to produce jersey in large widths and took part in their researches to apply these techniques’.
Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
Date: ca. 1968
Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm) Length at CB (b): 39 3/4 in. (101 cm)
Afternoon dress Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, Paris 1903–1993 Var region)
Dimensions: Length at CB: 47 1/2 in. (120.7 cm)