An unforgettable and incredibly rare Madame Grès haute couture ivory silk goddess bridal gown dating back to the mid 1970's. This ethereal look was also lavishly embellished by Lesage; a French embroidery house globally known as the best in the fashion world. His atelier is now part of Chanel through the company's subsidiary, Paraffection. Madame Grès (1903-1993) was a remarkable couturier in the 20th century, known for turning ordinary fabric into Greek sculptures. The drapery of her dresses also showed her technical virtuosity. This stunning gown has so much detail, you can tell it was made with loving devotion. The alluring beaded bib bodice has impressive sheer bishop sleeves. I adore the suggestive nude illusion aspect of this garment, the ivory silk is semi-sheer, and she created a skin colored silk lining. My favorite designer element is the opulent beadwork; this picturesque scene must have taken weeks to complete. The flattering column silhouette gives this such an effortless easy-to-wear spirit. Grès had an extraordinarily long career. Through each decade, which encompassed huge changes in fashion, her work remained consistent and timeless. We needed to add many detail images so one can appreciate the masterful achievement. This museum quality designer dress resonates powerfully today, not only because of its intrinsic beauty, but also because it is an important aesthetic work of wearable art for any unconventional bride or red carpet.
Measurements Bust: 32-33 inches Waist: 27 inches Hips: up to 36 inches Total Length: 56 inches
This Madame Grès haute couture dress is in wonderful condition with no noticeable damage or alternations. Presents beautifully. Perfectly working hand-set metal zipper and interior nude silk lining. The level of work in this piece would only be found in the highest couture of today. Only sign of wear are one small semi-sheer mark by the bottom hemline. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.