Madame Grès worked 365 days a year for half a century at her craft and seldom did she respond to the changes of silhouette, waistline or hem length dictated by anything other than her own talent. In the 1980s Mademoiselle sold her house to Yagi Tsucho, a Japanese company, which failed and closed the business. The only part of her business still operating is the perfume house, which was started with Cabochard in 1959. The name means “pig-headed”, which must have raised more than a few chuckles when it was first introduced. So typical of this determined, talented woman, who went her own way to create beautiful dresses.
Grew up in Andover MA, joined the Navy on a dare, met my husband in the Navy. Had two healthy children who both now live in Manchester NH. Charley retired from the Navy and has been teaching in Lawrence MA for over 15 years. I got my degree from Rivier in Graphic Design in 2008, went to work processing claims for the VA. I am now retired due to disabilities. I do a blog covering fashion and beauty for women over 50, home decor and digital art called Blue Cat Review. www.bluecatreview.us