PARIS - I remember the day when the costume supervisor for the film Savage Grace came to visit us in search of outfits for Julianne Moore, the actress starring in the feature film. Among the clothes she went for was this Givenchy day dress.
Apart from its refined line, designed to hug feminine curves, it is striking for the beauty of its vaporous fabric. Here, Moroccan crepe combines with silk organza by Sache to produce an exuberant symphony of vibrant colour. This deceptively demure little dress seems to have been spattered with an incandescent, almost Expressionist red by a vigorous hand.
LOT 64, GIVENCHY HAUTE COUTURE, CIRCA 1972, ROBE DE JOUR EN SUPERPOSITION DE CRÊPE MAROCAIN
ET ORGANZA DE SOIE DE LA MAISON SACHE GIVENCHY HAUTE COUTURE, CIRCA 1972 THE PRINTED PINK
AND WHITE SILK CREPE AND ORGANZA DRESS WORN BY THE ACTRESS JULIANNE MOORE IN THE 2008
FILM ‘SAVAGE GRACE.’ ESTIMATE €1,200 — 1,800.
It set off the delicate complexion and Venetian hair of Ms. Moore to perfection – and she expressed her love for the outfit to us in no uncertain terms! But beyond its undeniable aesthetic qualities, I see this dress as the indescribable, poetic expression of the inner torment of the character: Barbara Daly Baekeland, the wife deceived by her husband, bruised to her very depths. The dress with its impeccable shape, ideal for a society woman, seems to be virtually tainted with anger. Suddenly it ceases to be a simple outfit, and mirrors the soul of its wearer. Which influences the other – the dress or the woman? The question remains unanswered, and the magic persists.
Sotheby’s France – Sales of Couture from the Didier Ludot collection in Paris
Wednesday 8 July at 4.00 p.m.
Exhibition until 12.00 on 8 July