Day dress, Jean Dessès

Day dress, Jean Dessès

Day dress
Jean Dessès (1904-70)
About 1953
Paris
Woollen tweed, bodice lined with crepe de Chine, and waist stay of grosgain
Museum no. T.102-1982
Given by Mrs D M Haynes and Mrs M Clark

This is a good example of a sheath dress, popular throughout the 1950s. Its construction appears simple, but the clean lines are achieved by skilled cutting and intricate diagonal seaming. The grosgrain waist stay (grosgrain is a heavily ribbed silk) bears the label 'Jean Desses 17 Avenue Matignon PARIS'.