Grès fashioned each dress in muslin, called a toile. Her assistants transformed this into the creation Mademoiselle had in mind in matte jersey, silk crepe or mousseline de soie. With the toile, she directed the formation of pleats. Her assistants placed and hand stitched them, unpressed, creating a woven look. She also worked with bias-cut in stiffer fabrics than others, such as brocades, faille, linen, and silk satin. From thin, stiff, paper taffeta she created puffs, drapes, panniers and bustles, and then did an about face and created soft and simple togas with the same fabrics. Her dresses were mostly solids and monochromatic.
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