If These Walls Could Talk










The captivating career of Germaine Krebs and her couture collection, Madame Grès, is now on display at the Musée Bourdelle. With the current renovations of Paris’ fashion museum, Musée Galliera, this exhibition is one of their many off-site shows under the care of director Olivier Saillard.



















Krebs, whose hands were once used to dress the stars of her time such as Grace Kelly, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, was, “a minimalist before the term was invented,” tells Saillard.

































Mixed among Roman sculptures and other works of art is an exquisite sampling of pieces from the couture collections of Madame Grès, which saw its peak in the thirties, forties and fifties. Krebs always thought of herself as a sculpture, which makes this setting even more apropos. “For her working with fabric or stone is the same thing,” explains Saillard.

































In addition to some 80 pieces from private collections of collectors such as US Vogue’s Hamish Bowles and designer Azzedine Alaïa, there are several archival sketches, bold jewelry creations and original photographs by the likes of Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon.  The exhibition is an enchanting look into the world and mind of the designer who is most remembered as a fiercely private, stubborn workaholic who preferred to let her creations do all the talking, and whose influence is still seen and felt in today’s fashion.

















Madame Grès: La Couture à l’œvre

Musée Bourdelle

18 rue Antoine Bourdelle 75015 / +33 (0) 1 49 54 73 73

Through July 24th,  2011

Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 6pm

Photos: Courtesy of Musée Bourdelle

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