Hi everyone! I'm Sandra Mendoza. I've corresponded with some of you many times. I am a complete and utter newbie so please excuse me as I figure this all out. I chose Alix Gres because I actually found a Gres skirt, the modern label, and while doing my own research, I found her quite interesting. Most of my workshop will be a brief history, important aspects of Gres and many picutres. I hope you enjoy it. Madame Grès<br> <img src="http://www.designerhistory.com/historyofashion/images/gres.jpg"> Madame Alix Gres was actually born Germaine Emilie Krebs in Paris, 1903. She began as a sculptor, but never had a fruitful career. Frustrated, she began to design toiles for a design house in Paris. That's when she decided to try her hand at fashion design. She opened her first house under the name Alix Barton. She designed silk jersey dresses with simple lines and draping, and began gaining some publicity in fashion magazines. Her house was simply named "Alix". She felt that the true job of the couturier was not create a name for him/herself, as many designers do, but to pay rigorous attention to the clothing. <img alt="" src="http://members.sparedollar.com/fuzzylizzie/wsalix1.jpg"> Her training as a sculptor influenced her clothing designs. She once created a dress modeled after the Louvre's Nike of Samothrace. Alix created many of her gowns from silk jersey which she draped and pleated and cut on the bias. Madame Gres used live mannequins when designing her gowns. She would take pieces of fabric and drape and pleat them right on the models. <img alt="" src="http://members.sparedollar.com/fuzzylizzie/wsalix3.jpg"> From these pictures, you can see the simplicity of the lines in her earlier work, but how well it contoured the woman's body. They were sophisticated, clean, clung in the right places, and always elegant. The wrapped dresses show her Greco-roman sculpture influence. In the late 30s, she married Serge Czerefkov, sold the rights to the name Alix and adopted Gres from her husband's first name, spelled backwards. <img alt="" src="http://members.sparedollar.com/fuzzylizzie/wsalix4.jpg"> Next, the war.... I will post the next segment between 10am and 12pm PST, but will be online to answer any questions.