Evolution of Gray

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.

1910

Weeks (French designer), 1910

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Valentino, 1932

1940-59

Hattie Carnegie, 1940-1959

1946
Nettie Rosenstein, 1946

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Chanel, 1958

1965

House of Balenciaga, 1965

1976

Madame Gres, Alix Barton (French), 1976
80s

James Galanos, 1980s

94-95

Yves St. Laurent, 1994-95

Images from http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/search-the-collections

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Golden Globes, Chanel, 2004

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Lea Michelle, Golden Globes, Marchesa, 2012

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