Considering that gray is a color, it has been around for centuries and centuries. It is close to impossible to track its entire history, so I focused on its presence in high fashion of the 1900s to the present. There were many more gray pieces in the latter half of the century. Gowns from the early part of the 1900s tended to be only partially gray. It was very prominent from the 1960’s through the end of the century and into the 2000s. Now, it is in the mass acceptance stage of the fashion cycle.
Weeks (French designer), 1910
Hattie Carnegie, 1940-1959
House of Balenciaga, 1965
James Galanos, 1980s
Yves St. Laurent, 1994-95
Sarah Jessica Parker, Golden Globes, Chanel, 2004
Lea Michelle, Golden Globes, Marchesa, 2012