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Afternoon Dress

1957-1959 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a short wrapped-around afternoon dress made of black jersey. The dress has short cape sleeves and a low cross over neckline. The dress crosses over at the front to a large intregally-cut half-bow drapery at the left hip.

This dress was designed by the House of Grès. Born Germaine Krebs in Paris, France (1903-1993). Madame Grès was famous for her classicism. She draped and moulded jersey, silk and wool, her favourite fabrics, into precise configurations to achieve an elegant simplicity.

This dress was probably designed at the very end of the 1950s and shows the fitted shape which was first introduced by Dior after the Second World War, combined with the new shorter lengths of the end of the decade.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Draped jersey, silk and wool
Brief Description
Afternoon dress of jersey, silk and wool, designed by Madame Grès, Paris, 1957-1959
Physical Description
Knee length wrapped-around afternoon dress made of black jersey, silk and wool. The dress has short cape sleeves and a low cross over neckline. The dress crosses over at the front to a large intregally-cut half-bow drapery at the left hip.
Production typeHaute couture
Credit line
Given by Sir Cecil Beaton
Summary
This is a short wrapped-around afternoon dress made of black jersey. The dress has short cape sleeves and a low cross over neckline. The dress crosses over at the front to a large intregally-cut half-bow drapery at the left hip.



This dress was designed by the House of Grès. Born Germaine Krebs in Paris, France (1903-1993). Madame Grès was famous for her classicism. She draped and moulded jersey, silk and wool, her favourite fabrics, into precise configurations to achieve an elegant simplicity.



This dress was probably designed at the very end of the 1950s and shows the fitted shape which was first introduced by Dior after the Second World War, combined with the new shorter lengths of the end of the decade.
Bibliographic Reference
Mendes, Valerie. Black In Fashion. London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Collection
Accession Number
T.13-1977

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record createdJuly 27, 2005
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