Tuesday, December 14, 2010


This Madame Gres Haute Couture one-shoulder gown from the 1970s is in a stunning cranberry silk crepe de chine that looks like the color of a fine glass of wine in a perfect crystal decanter lit by a chandelier in the dining room of an international social fixture with walls of gilt. Can we paint a picture or what?

This dress reminds us of gowns that were owned by Nelia Barletta de Cates who passed in 2002. We remember buying some of her Gres gowns in 2003 and although this classic gown doesn't come from the closet of Madame de Cates, the silhouette and style of a gathered shoulder and hip with side slit is worthy of the former diplomat's wife and cultural attache. However, the closet this gown comes from is pretty substantial, too.

Speaking of wine, there is a dot of a spot on the dress near the left high thigh that may have been from a misplaced sip, but it is barely noticeable and saves you big bucks! We don't get to share that many Madame Gres Haute Couture gowns but we are excited to share a Gres in a color that has us feeling intoxicated by a fine vintage.

Madame Gres Haute Couture gathered one-shoulder and gathered seam at hip cranberry silk gown. Label missing. Spot as noted in post. Modern 4, but best on someone under 5'6"
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