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Evening Dress

1971 (made), 1955 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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'.

This dress forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection, brought together by the society photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). With great energy and determination, Beaton contacted the well-dressed elite of Europe and North America to help create this lasting monument to the art of dress. The Collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue that detailed its enormous range.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Evening Dress
  • Waist Cord
Materials and Techniques
Pleated jersey, silk crepeline, boned, wired brassiere, silk crêpe, grosgrain, machine and hand stitched
Brief Description
Evening dress and belt of fine jersey, designed by Madame Grès, Paris, 1971.
Physical Description
Evening dress and belt of white jersey.
Dimensionsapproximate footprint (mm): W700 x D600 x H1600
Production typeHaute couture
Credit line
Given by the designer
Object history
Given by the designer, this dress was made in 1971 as an exact copy of a 1955 garment (especially for the Beaton exhibition).
Production
Made from the original design for the Beaton exhibition



Attribution note: Made especially for the Beaton exhibition

Reason For Production: Exhibition
Association
Summary
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'.



This dress forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection, brought together by the society photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). With great energy and determination, Beaton contacted the well-dressed elite of Europe and North America to help create this lasting monument to the art of dress. The Collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue that detailed its enormous range.
Bibliographic Reference
Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971382
Collection
Accession Number
T.246&A-1974

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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