Madame Gres. Sculptural Fashion

Madame Gres. Sculptural Fashion
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Olivier Saillard et al. Foreword by Didier Grumbach.

Hannibal Publishing. 2012. A French edition (La Couture à l'Oeuvre) was published in 2011. Cloth-backed boards. 216 pages. Illustrated throughout with colour and b&w photographs, and sketches. 260 x 210mm (10¼ x 8¼"). 1.1kg. 9789491376276. EnglishEnglish. With Dutch translation. Fine; as new (in shrink-wrap).

'Madame Grès launched her design house under the name Grès in Paris in 1942. Formally trained as a sculptress, she produced haute couture designs for an array of fashionable women, including the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Dolores del Rio. Her signature was cut-outs on gowns that made exposed skin part of the design, yet still had a classical, sophisticated feel. She was renowned for being the last of the haute couture houses to establish a ready-to-wear line.' (from the publisher's description). A thoughtful and immersive catalogue for an exhibition of Madame Grès' fashion designs. The 80 outfits featured in the exhibition are illustrated here; each one is photographed three times (from the front, back and side) giving an invaluable document for students and designers. There follows a section of archival photographs of the dresses used for advertising and magazines. There is also a chapter reproducing Grès original drawings, a full biography and a couple of scholarly essays.