If you don't know Madame Grés here something to start you off.
I remember when I was a student in FIT, hearing about Madame Grés. Then I saw them in person at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.The drape, the pleating, the creativity, it left me awestruck. Then you hear her story. She was a couturier designer with her own house, and then when the German's occupied Paris, that's when her needle to show them (the Nazi's) what she was made of.