Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Okay one really doesn't need to be a maenad to wear this Madame Gres Haute Couture turquoise blue 50s goddess draped chiffon evening dress, but don't be surprised if you have a penchant to drink too much and dance like a mad woman while wearing this very Bacchus-friendly concoction. Madame Gres better than any other 20th century designer knew how to drape for the goddess in every woman using classical techniques evocative of Greek statues. This boned and corsetted gown has a dramatic bodice of turquoise and white fringed beads that are further enhanced with emerald rhinestones. A single cascade of chiffon over one shoulder is a pre-requisite signature of Gres and the pleats over the hip reveal a tapered skirt. Why you might start a Dionysian orgy when wearing this gown to a gala!

Madame Gres Haute Couture turquoise draped chiffon evening dress with embroidered bodice, c. late 1950s. Modern 2 (hips are quite narrow)
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