n°251/ Queen of Fashion

November 2016

by Nathalie Azoulai

The so-called « queen of drapery » embodies the tragic destiny of fashion designers who were for some years kings of fashion and died in an extreme poverty- among which the great Paul Poiret. Who could have thought that Mme Grès, who used to dress women like queens and goddesses, should finish her life in a retirement home near Toulon ? Her death occurred in November 1993 but was made public a year later. As if to conceal the decay and just keep the glory.

 Mme Grès