Evening Dress, Madeleine Vionnet: ca. 1933, bias-cut rayon jersey, silk crepe sash. "The dress was made of rayon jersey, treated in bias cut to fit around the body. The surrounding sash has the effect of highlighting the sleek body. The dress is from Madeleine Vionnet's personal wardrobe. The bias cut became a useful technique in the 1930s, when consciousness of body line was revived in fashion..."
Swooning over this Madeleine Vionnet silk gown, circa 1929/30. The front is sheer perfection with a full bow emphasizing the hips and fluttering godets. And the back (oh the back!!) is a thing of beauty with rows of cascading ruffles and a dramatic sash at the neck which trails to the hem. Magnificent! Image courtesy of the Met Museum.
Short dress, Madeleine Vionnet, 1927. Silk crepe in a straight shape, round neckline, sleeveless. Bodice and skirt are finely pleated vertically; yoke is finely pleated horizontally. Musée Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris
Madeleine Vionnet (French, 1876–1975). Shawl, Evening, ca. 1925. French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Gerald F. Warburg, 1980 (2009.300.3888) The fringed shawl was a fashion mainstay of the 1920s. #reddress