While in Paris, we managed to catch the Madame Grès exhibition at Musée Bourdelle on its very last day. I saw the exhibition being blogged about and was very excited when I found out it was extended up to the weekend I'd be in Paris! Her work is just exquisite and the amount of work that went into every dress must have been immense. No wonder she thought ready-to-wear was the lowest of the low in fashion and it was the last haute couture house to start producing ready-to-wear.
It was amazing that clothing designed and made over 40 years ago still looked so contemporary. Most of her work is truly timeless because you could happily wear any of those dresses today!
I was so enraptured (yes, enraptured!) with the exhibition that I bought the overpriced companion book in French. I'm definitely not fluent in French, so I'll have to take it to my friend's house who speaks fluent French so he can read it to me like a bedtime story. Anyway, here's some photos that attempt to capture the amazing detail and tailoring of Madame Grès' work.