Couturier of greek nationality, born in Alexandria, Jean Dessès opened his couture house in 1937. Dessès is known for his draping, his cocktail and evening dresses in fluid fabrics and muted colors.

  • haute couture, circa 1958

    Cocktail dress, Jean Dessès

    Black organza, criss-cross neckline over the bust, cut-out back in a point to the waist highlighted by a belt, full skirt decorated with superimposed petals on a horsehair petticoat, inner bustier with boning.

    Circa 1958


    Azzedine Alaïa Foundation

    Ph. Patricia Schwoerer

  • haute couture, circa 1960

    Evening dress, Jean Dessès

    Black silk chiffon and duchess satin. Bustier, plunging neckline at back, cascade of pleats down center-back turned at the hem.

    Circa 1960


    Azzedine Alaïa Foundation

    Ph. Patricia Schwoerer