Gorgeous Madame Gres haute couture two-piece dress ensemble dating back to the mid 1970's. Madame Gres felt that the true job of the couturier was not to create a name for one's self, as many designers do, but to pay rigorous attention to the clothing. This stunning navy-blue sheer silk organza dress has so much detail, you can tell it was made with loving devotion. The bodice is a unique cap-sleeve hourglass nipped-waist design with figure flattering attached sash-belt. The sash can be wrapped around in a cummerbund style or pulled back as a waist-tie. The sparkling holly berry novelty hand-done bead work really makes this piece modern and relevant. The work itself must have taken weeks. The full swing-skirt finished this dress off with an effortless romantic vibe. GreÌ€s had an extraordinarily long career, working until the late 1980's. Through each decade, which encompassed huge changes in fashion, her work remained consistent and timeless. Any one of her elegant gowns could be seen walking a red carpet today. A rare piece of fashion history in museum quality.
This Madame Gres haute couture numbered 219 two-piece dress ensemble is in excellent condition with no stains, holes or discoloration. Perfectly working metal-zippers for both the boned underslip and sheer outer layer. Only sign of wear is one small L-shaped rip by the bottom hemline. The level of work in this piece would only be found in the highest couture of today. Highly wearable and an investment piece that will continue to increase in value.