#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress and belt of fine jersey by Madame Grès, Paris, 1971

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’.

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#ThrowbackFashion Organdie strapless dress ‘Seashell’ with a flared asymmetrical skirt, designed by John @GallianOfficial, Great Britain, 1988

Seashell Dress, 1988
John Galliano, born 1960

John Galliano is celebrated for his ingenious approach to dress design. Evoking the crisp and sculptural qualities of scallop shells, this dress has a circular petal skirt composed of concentric rows of overlapping and meandering bands of bias-cut organdie. The strapless, boned bodice is relieved by a deep cummerbund of checked cotton.

#ThrowbackFashion Seashell Dress, 1988 - John Galliano-2006AU1676_jpg_l - Copy

Physical description
White organdie strapless dress with a flared asymmetrical skirt. Accessorised with a green and white checked cotton sash. Bias cut organdie with boned bodice.

#ThrowbackFashion Seashell Dress, 1988 - John Galliano-2006AU1678_jpg_l - Copy

Materials and Techniques
Bias cut organdie with a boned bodice and cotton sash

#ThrowbackFashion Seashell Dress, 1988 - John Galliano-2006AU1677_jpg_l - Copy

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Photo: collections.vam.ac.uk