Paris Fashion – Madame Grès Retrospective at Musée Bourdelle

Madame Gres at Musee Bourdelle

While fashion museum Musée Galliera is closed for renovation, part of its collection is on display at Musée Bourdelle. “Madame Grès: Couture at Work” features 80 pieces created by French coutière Alix Grès, as well as fashion photos taken by Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin, and sketches from Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, displayed among Emile Bourdelle’s plaster busts and bronze figurines.

The result is sublime.

At first glance, the dresses and evening wear, created between the 1930s and the 1980s, bear the sculptural simplicity of togas. The placement of garments among Bourdelle’s work emphasizes the classical beauty of the clothes.

But look more closely , and you’ll see that shapes aren’t cut as much as created by artful use of pleats – complex folds of jersey that one reviewer called “a kind of millefeuille for fashion, an intricate treat of millions of carefully composed folds.”

Until July 24, 2011.