Sunday, May 31, 2009

Madame Gres

Let me introduce you to Madame Gres! Not many people seem to know about her, which is a great shame. In the 1930s she was one of the first designers to cut fabric on the bias (the diagonal) and her best designs utilised neoclassical draping - dresses were made from one continuous piece of cloth and stitched into place.

Aren't they divine? If I ever get married I'm definitely going to make a dress in this style. The main problem for us is that her dresses were made in a really fine matte silk jersey, and I have no idea if you can still buy it.






28 comments:

  1. Oh my, they are some of the most fantastic dresses ive ever seen! They are divine!

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  2. Wow, those dresses are absolutely AMAZING!! I love them all. What a talented designer!

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  3. the draping on those dresses are just incredible!! so pretty.

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  4. I love the ruffle on the peach one!

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  5. try the chocolate-popcorn, trust me ;)

    x

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  6. the draping is spactacular. my favorite is the peach one at the bottom

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  7. Mme. Gres was truly a genius. You should be able to find matte silk jersey online. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  8. Those dresses are incredible! They look so contemporary too... i love love love!

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  9. Thanks! Her name is Pouncer, but we call her Princess Pouncer because she thinks she is one.

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  10. Those area BEAUTIFUL! The first one looks like something a goddess would wear.
    Oh and by the way, the locker story...well, um...there are these enormous lockers in the band hallway that for kids that play the enormous instruments like cello and tuba and stuff and there was one that hadn't been used all year. And being as tiny as I am, I would randomly stand in it in the morning and sing to people coming down the hall or talk to them from the inside of it or something like that. One day Rillon wanted to see if he could fit in there and the second he said "Oh, I have room in here" half the population of my friends goes "Okay, Alexx your turn!" I needless to say I was attempting to break out of that locker the second they closed it XD So yup...sorry it's kind of long and it took me a while to tell you, but that right there is the infamous locker story XD

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  11. wow these are so devine!
    im sure i would feel like a goddess in one of these beautiful designs!
    and they are quite modern i think i mean i can see these on the red carpet !
    just fantstic

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  12. woooooooooooooooooow!
    they're so amazing!!! my mouth is soo widely open!
    i looooooooooooooooove that kind of dresses!
    INCREDIBLE!!!
    ;)

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  13. so funtastic....
    i already linked yours dear.. =)

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  14. oh i adore dresses like these. so delicate and feminine... but a little provocative at the same time. or maybe thats just my random thought! x

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  15. Hey,
    thanks for your sweet comment. gosh these dresses are amazing!

    camille x

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  16. oh my those are beautiful! i can totally imagine one of those dresses as the center peice of a wedding. it would be a lovely summer or beach wedding or something.

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  17. Those would make me feel like a goddess if I owned one of those!!Hmm maybe for my wedding, when I have one that is!
    XOXOXO
    Libby
    http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

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  18. Amazing dresses! I love the draping - I think this is definitely one of the most flattering styles a woman can wear. Thanks for posting all these!

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  19. can i just say.. wow. like totally wow. can you say Grecian goddess?! she was so right on point... the dresses look good enough to eat, so frothy and delicate!

    much love

    eden

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  20. these are UNBELIEVABLE. I WANT TO WEAR THEM ALL. oh my gaaaaahd so beautiful.

    to answer your question... i'm spending a month in paris! i'm so, so, so excited :)

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  21. very very cool! Glad you shared this! The draping is beautiful!

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  22. oh my goodness, these dresses are so pretty!!!!
    xoxo

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  23. sigh. those are just so very beautiful :=D xxxc

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  24. waou ! love this draping work ! so beautiful !!
    Boubou xx

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  25. but the first designer who invented bias is not her . it was vionnet

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