Dive Into The Past: Madame Grès
Germaine Emilie Krebs, the future Madame Grès, began his career as a seamstress. She also created the costumes for various theatrical stages and when she was 35 years old she had already built a decent career and her name was known to many. In 1942 she opened up her first fashion house that continued to operate until 1988, always guided by the ideal of a seamless garment and the desire of turning the female silhouette in that of a goddess.
She was trained as sculptrice, and one of her dreams was to become a sculptrice: this dream has been translated into reality through her fashion style. Indeed her look took main inspiration from the hellenic sculptures: drapes, light fabrics, soft shapes for a classic silhouette woman, to replicate an ancient Greek or Roman goddess.
Madame Gres designed womens clothing as unique art works, she was used to carve the fabric directly on the body of the models. Her name quickly became synonymous of “research of perfection”:
Her favorite fabrics: silk, chiffon for the evenings.
Colors: light colors, white, grey, light brown, rust red, green, daffodil yellow, chestnut.
What she said about her way of working: “I never created a dress starting from a sketch. I work on a mannequin , I study in depth his character, and only then I pick up the scissors.”
Among the famous women who wore his clothes are Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo,Arletty, the Duchess of Talleyrand and several Turkish women from the aristocracy.