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How to Sculpt With Pleats

Photo: Vinciane Verguethen

In this article by Susan Khalje from Threads #173 (June/July 2014), you'll learn to apply the great Madame Grès' signature pleating technique to your own garments.

By finely pleating many yards of silk jersey to the body, shaping it to sweep over curves and fall in precise, narrow folds, Madame Grès created garments that respect the body and the fabric's natural movement, give an impression of freedom and suppleness, and enhance the wearer's beauty. On the following pages, you will learn how to manipulate fabric in the same way to create your own works of art.

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