Madame Grès Exhibition at Bourdelle

‘Madame Grès, La Couture à L’Oeuvre’ is the 1st retrospective in Paris of the work of this visionary couturier, an amazing exhibition organized by the Musée Galliera, and showcased at Musée Bourdelle – Madame Grès (1903-1993) continued to repeat throughout her life: “I wanted to be a sculptor. For me, it’s the same thing to work the fabric or the stone” – So curator Olivier Saillard had the fantastic concept to exhibit those sculpture-like pieces among other sculptures with a great very pure display in the Musée Bourdelle.

Inspiring, fresh, modern, with breathtaking creations from her real name Germaine Krebs to her couture name Madame Grès, from her first  work at Alix to her own couture Maison: Grès … 80 key pieces starting from the couturier’s ‘Alix’ period in 1934 until her very last design commissioned by Hubert De Givenchy in 1989, about 100 sketches and 50 original pictures from photographers such as Richard Avedon or Guy Bourdin …

To inaugurate the Musée Galliera ‘off the walls’ programming he brilliantly took fashion out of fashion museums giving the possibility to pieces looking like sculptures to breathe among other sculptures. Mainly famous for her use of jersey and draping (thanks to her incredible technique a width of jersey of 280 cm would end up as only just 7cm wide !), Madame Grès symbolizes the very essence of couture, the rigor of minimalism.

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Musée Bourdelle (until July 24th)
16 rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris
Tél. : 01 49 54 73 73