The collections of Madame Grès were prized for the pleated silk jersey gowns that ended each of her shows. With their himation-like draped swags, these designs are a relaxed version of the fine dense pleating that generally covers her fitted, highly structured bodices. The technical virtuosity incorporated in the draping is revealed only on close study of this example. The swags are both continuous and unbroken panels of fabric that incorporate the right fronts and backs of the gown. In her neoclassicism, Grès conformed to the antique notion of uninterrupted lengths of cloth, stitched but not cut into shape. From her earliest work, Grès introduced windows onto the body with cutouts that bared the back and midriff. She created a fissured shoulder, consistent with her own practice and resonant of the split shoulderlines of antique chitons.
Q:That sounds a lot like the whiny "I could paint that!" And the unimpressed "But you didn't."
if there’s one thing I have learned in my adventures as an artist, it’s that SIMPLE IS NEVER SIMPLE. trust me, when I was trying to develop my own style I would see a lot of simple styles and try to replicate them and it was difficult as hell cuz when it’s simple, if you mess up one thing then you’re screwed. it’s like taking a test that only has two questions on it, if you answer one of them wrong your final grade is 50%
I never view my art style as simple?? because it’s NOT SIMPLE DRAWING IT, so when people are like “oh I love how simple your style is!!” I get a lil confused haha (I take it as a compliment tho, simple is lovely)