Saturday, July 2, 2011

Madame Grès

Last week, I went to see the Madame Grès exhibition at Musée Bourdelle. It is an amazing showcase of the designers collection's throughout her career. Madame Grès launched her Haute Couture design house in 1942 in Paris. She was known for her use of jersey and draping (thanks to her incredible technique a width of jersey of 280 cm would end up as only just 7cm wide). Having the dresses shown amongst sculptures is a perfect combination as Madame Grès once stated, “I wanted to be a sculptor. For me, it’s the same thing to work the fabric or the stone.”

Inspiring, modern and beautiful, on display are 80 dresses, over 100 sketches and 50 original pictures from photographers such as Richard Avedon or Guy Bourdin. I thought the collection of pleated and draped dresses was stunning, and began to wish that I owned one of the beautiful pieces!

So, if you are in Paris I highly recommend going to see this wonderful exhibition. It runs until July 24 and you can find more information on the website here

There was even a dress that had a belt made by the famous embroidery house "Lesage!"


  1. Thanks for this post. The draping is incredible! I love the striped dress in the second picture. I think it was great that they showed the dresses amongst sculpture, so very beautiful. Are they allowing the general public to take pictures in the exhibit, or did you get these by going to the press preview? They are wonderful, thank you for sharing them with us.

  2. I am glad you enjoyed this post! The public is actually allowed to take photos (with no flash) at this exhibition. The dresses displayed with the sculptures were breathtaking! It brought the idea of "Fashion as Art" to a whole new level!