Exhibitions NYC. Madame Gres: Sphinx of Fashion.

April 9, 2008 • Events


Madame Alix Grès (1903 – 1993), France, ca. 1937
“Grecian” evening gown, blue silk jersey

This comes to us via Joanne Molina who not only writes for us, but started her own media project called The Curated Object.

Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion
February 1-April 19, 2008
The Museum at FIT

She revealed little about her life, either professional or personal.  Even her death in 1993 was hidden from the world by her only child.  This aura of secrecy earned the great Parisian couturiere Madame Alix Grès the nickname “sphinx of fashion,” but she was also regarded as the last icon of the golden age of couture. From February 1 through April 19, 2008, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will illuminate little-known aspects of her work in the first exhibition to analyze her methods of construction and categorize her creations stylistically. More than 70 of her masterpieces will be on display in Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion.   

During a long career that began in the early 1930s and continued until 1988, Madame Grès created gowns of exquisite beauty and dressed many of the most stylish women of the 20th century. She worked alone to craft by hand the initial designs of all her creations, an unusual feat for designers.

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