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Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, 1903–1993). Evening Dress, ca. 1965 (1994.192.12)

Madame Grès (Alix Barton) (French, 1903–1993). Evening Dress, ca. 1965. Silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Oscar de la Renta, 1994 (1994.192.12)


The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue are made possible by GUCCI.
Additional support for the exhibition has been provided by Condé Nast.

Goddess

May 1–August 3, 2003

Accompanied by a catalogue

From the clothing of ancient Greece to such modern evocations as Madame Grès's emblematic creations and Versace's Neoclassical loincloths, classical dress has profoundly inspired and influenced art and design over the millennia. The exhibition presents clothing, prints, photographs, and decorative works of art, from the eighteenth century onward, to reveal the many ways in which classical dress has become a truly timeless style. With more than two hundred items on display, including clothing from the Directoire and Empire periods, the exhibition features loans of vintage and contemporary designs from international couture houses and private collectors along with works from the permanent collection of The Costume Institute.

The designers featured include Paul Poiret, Madame Grès, Madeleine Vionnet, Balenciaga, Charles James, Bill Blass, Holly Harp, Gilbert Adrian, Claire McCardell, Jean Patou, Louiseboulanger, Lucile, Lucian Lelong, Pierre Cardin, Elsa Schiaparelli, Yves Saint Laurent, Fortuny, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Tom Ford for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Halston, Molyneux, Christian Dior, Hussein Chalayan, Mary McFadden, Donna Karan, Isabel Toledo, La Perla, Stéphane Rolland for Jean Louis Scherrer, Valentino, Rick Owens, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianni Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Rucci, Christian Lacroix, m.r.s., Julien MacDonald for Givenchy, Lainey Keogh, Shelley Fox, Thierry Mugler, Cesare Paciotti, Miuccia Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Arnold Scaasi, Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti, Emanuel Ungaro, Stavropoulos, Norma Kamali, Douglas Ferguson, Oscar de la Renta for Pierre Balmain, Yohji Yamamoto, Romeo Gigli, Clements Ribeiro, Ann Demeulemeester, Lars Nilsson for Bill Blass, Ronaldus Shamask and Michele Oka Doner, Nicolas Ghesquière for Callaghan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and the costumes created for Isadora Duncan's groundbreaking dance performances.