L: Photograph © Zach Hilty/BFA.com
R: Photo by Eileen Costa. © 2016 The Museum at FIT
The period between the wars has been called “the golden age of the couturière.” On the evidence of her existing wardrobe, it appears that the Countess Greffulhe patronized many celebrated female designers, including Maggy Rouff, who was the daughter of the head designer at the House of Drécoll.
Élisabeth Greffulhe often wore black. Robert de Montesquiou described how “She appeared with the elegant energy and refined majesty of a gazelle that had encountered a length of black velvet, which she trailed behind her with infinite grace.”
Left: Maggie Rouff
Evening dress, circa 1930
GAL1964.20.30, gift of the Gramont family to the Palais Galliera
Evening gown, circa 1935
Black viscose jersey and satin
GAL1964.20.37, gift of the Gramont family to the Palais Galliera
Proust’s Muse, The Countess Greffulhe
runs through January 7, 2016 at The Museum at FIT
This exhibition was developed by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, Paris Musées.