Thursday, January 17, 2008

FIT Opening of Exhibition
'Madame Grès Sphinx of Fashion'



Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion presents the work of the great Parisian couturiere, Madame Alix Grès. She created gowns of exquisite beauty and dressed many of the most stylish women of the twentieth century. One of the most brilliant dressmakers of the twentieth century, her work is noted for its sculptural quality and innovative construction techniques.



This exhibition, with over seventy garments from both museum and private collections, will present the three most important stylistic elements of Madame Grès’s work: her classically-inspired pleated gowns usually made of matte silk jersey; her simple and geometric designs based on ethnic costume; and the three-dimensional, sculptural quality that was a hallmark of much of her work.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a beautifully designed book, Madame Grès: Sphinx of Fashion, published by the prestigious Yale University Press. The text of 25,000 words with will be illustrated with over 100 photographs of garments from museum and private collection as well as images from leading magazines

Opening reception Thursday, January 31 at 6PM-8PM
The Museum of FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street.
New York City
RSVP 212-217-4584

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