Hello everyone! Get your best draped or pleated or minimal outfit on, because finally here is Mme Grès, the queen of couture, at MoMu!
We’re in a hurry today, preparing the last details for the exhibition Mme Grès: Sculptural Fashion, so that we can present it to the press and to every and each one of you from Wednesday, Sept 12, on.
Mme Grès may not be so well-known with the great public, but she will soon be in Belgium, as her sculpted garments in silk jersey are of such dizzying standards and timeless quality that it will be hard to ignore just how talented she was.
We recomposed the exhibition by musée Galliera, the Fashion Museum of Paris, which was presented last year at the sculpture Musée Bourdelle, as Mme Grès wanted to become a sculptor, and treated fabrics the way a sculptor would treat stone. She hated sewing and sculpted the garments directly on to the mannequin. Here you see the people from the collection department of Musée Galliera try out a head scarve for one of Mme Grès’ famous beach outfits.
This group with beach garments was not presented at Musée Bourdelle, so even if you saw the show in Paris, there are still a lot of new silhouettes, more than 10 new Grès dresses, to discover! This group on volume, which is not properly lit yet, also contains new silhouettes from the amazing private collection of Hamish Bowles, International editor at large of Vogue, to whom we are very grateful.
And another new masterpiece in velvet, which we restored here at MoMu, came from the reserves from the musée Galliera. Olivier Saillard, director of musée Galliera, is happy with the result.
Apart from the new Mme Grès dresses we also show contemporary designers’ work from Lanvin, Haider Ackermann, AF Vandevorst, JP Gaultier & Yohji Yamamoto that was inspired by the vision of Mme Grès, or a tribute to Mme Grès’ mastery of cut, draping and pleating. Here’s Filip from the Belgian designer duo AF Vandevorst checking his mannequins’ positions.
I have to hurry now, as some journalists and press people already want a pre-preview, but I will report back after the jump!
Big Kisses from a slightly frantic, but happy Karen
PS I know the pictures aren’t the best, since we are still working on the lighting. If you want to see the dresses shining brightly, come and pay them a visit from up close. They are really worth it.