4 March 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price Realised GBP 6,250
Estimate GBP 800 - GBP 1,200
MADAME GRÈS, A RARE DAY DRESS, 1940S
black moiré silk, with elbow length sleeves and full skirts, the bodice draped and folded to create a waistcoat-effect, labelled Grès, secondary label Santina Buenos Ayres
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Beautifully constructed, this is an unusual example of Madame Grès' abilities beyond the more usual evening wear. The cunning bodice employs her signature methods of draping and pleating, to a more subdued but extremely elegant effect.
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