Robert de Montesquiou recalled that the Countess Greffulhe “would have the most renowned designers show her everything that was fashionable; then, when she was certain that they had come to the end of their pretentious rambling and bragging, she [would say], ‘Make me anything you like, as long as it’s not that!’”
Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe runs through January 7, 2016 at The Museum at FIT in NYC.
Transformable evening gown with two bodices, circa 1900
Midnight blue and brown silk velvet, machine lace, silk chiffon and tulle, embroidered with beads and sequins
GAL1964.20.8, gift of the Gramont family to the Palais Galliera