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SALE OF THE CENTURY: 50% off, one week only. All sales Final.

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Frédéric Sanchez
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Frédéric Sanchez

Photo by Sam Shaw/© Shaw Family Archives/Getty Images

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With her deep raspy voice and expressive smoky eyes, Juliette Gréco epitomized the free spirit of post-war Paris. Considered one of the Greatest chansonnières Francaise, Juliette Gréco would become the face and voice of the bohemian left-bank for over 6 decades, where her spirit continues to permeate in the bohemian nonchalance aura of the famed quartier.

Just after the liberation, Paris' Saint-Germain-des-Prés was a playground for intellectuals and artists alike. Originally belonging to the old school bourgeoise, it was now also the territory of an intellectual revolution. One could not avoid running into the likes of Picasso, Giacometti, Prévert or Hemingway at the illustrious Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. Gréco made a living as a performer, singing in local bars and nightclubs. Her mesmerizing beauty and charming personality caught the attention of fellow left bank occupants, and she soon became close friends with philosophers and writers such as Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus.

“Sartre and de Beauvoir talked to me. I was young, I didn’t know much, but I had big ears”

Preferring to lend her signature raspy voice to the young writers she so much admired, Gréco didn’t compose her own chansons. She sang songs for George Brassens, Jacques Brel and Serge Gainsbourg, the latter reportedly being so impressed by Gréco that he dropped his glass of whisky during their first encounter at her house. Gainsbourg would go one to write some of her most famous songs (La Javanaise) and a decades long friendship thrived, Gréco endearingly call him ‘Mon Serge’.

Known for her jet black hair, dark makeup & black clothing, Gréco often wore men’s suits, finding the French winter too unbearable for dresses. Unknowingly she stood at the very forefront of the style ‘Parisian Chic’, which was widely adopted by designers such as Saint Laurent & Chanel, both whom she would wear a lot later on. It was not until her friend and filmmaker Nico Papatakis took her to the private sales of Pierre Balmain, where she bought a black sheath dress, that she was introduced to the world of fashion. She removed its satin train and deemed the dress her “working black”. It was the beginning of the chic, yet very minimal look that was to become her trademark.

Re-SEE is honored to offer for sale a unique selection of Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and Chanel pieces from Juliette Gréco’s personal collection. All items are sold with a special proof of provenance certificate.

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Juliette Gréco's Collection

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Condition

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Saint Laurent

'70s Tassel Cape, owned by Juliette Gréco

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Size

36 FR

Condition

Very Good

Saint Laurent

'Legion d'Honneur' Jumpsuit, owned by Juliette Gréco

2400€
Size

36 FR

Condition

Very Good

Saint Laurent

Collector 1969 Velvet Ensemble, owned by Juliette Gréco

4600€
Size

38 FR

Condition

Very Good

Saint Laurent

Rare early '70s Trench, Owned by Juliette Gréco

2870€
Size

38 FR

Condition

Excellent

Saint Laurent

Vintage Silk Jumpsuit, owned by Juliette Gréco

1290€
Size

38 FR

Condition

Very Good

Chanel

'70s Velvet Dress, owned by Juliette Gréco

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Size

40 FR

Condition

Very Good

Chanel

'70s Velvet Tassel Coat, owned by Juliette Gréco

2600€
Size

36 FR

Condition

Very Good

Chanel

Marabou Feather Robe, owned by Juliette Gréco

2900€
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