Madame Grès

Madame Grès



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.