Madame Gres

 Madame Grès reveals her sculptural fashion sence

This fall, the MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp presents the Parisian couturier, Madame Grès (1903-1993) and her sculptural fashion.

The famous designer felt as much a sculptor as a fashion designer: “I wanted to become a sculptor. For me, working with stone or fabrics is the same thing”.

Germaine Émilie Krebs, known as Alix Barton and later as “Madame Grès”, launched her design house under the name Grès in 1942 in Paris. Formally trained as a sculptress, she produced haute couture designs, best known for the cut-outs. The way she pleated or draped the fabric onto the model without using scissors and needles was remarkable. She designed various styles of clothes from Grecian, draped evening dresses to modern, minimalist daytime garments and stylish beachwear, always in her own specific style: uncomplicated, timeless and utterly feminine.

Throughout her 50-year-old career she dressed an array of fashionable women, including the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo and Jacqueline Kennedy. Madame Grès also worked with the greatest photographers of her time, such as Man Ray, Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin, whose original photographs are also included in the exhibition, alongside original drawings of Madame Grès.

The design of the Fashion Museum, that hosts the exhibition, will be consistent with the sculptural fashion of Madame Grès. To achieve this, the MoMu Museum is working with the Belgian artist, Renato Nicolodi, who has designed new elements for the exhibition. His minimalist and classically inspired works take on a stimulating dialogue with the work of Madame Grès.

Eleni Fotopoulou

The exhibition will run from September 12th, 2012, till February 10th, 2013.