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Dress

Designer:
Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)
Date:
1926–27
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Aline Bernstein, 1945
Accession Number:
C.I.45.103.2
Not on view
The essential two-dimensional consideration of the body in the 1920s was an unexpected boon to designers who aligned with the modernists. Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and Jean Patou, with their spare forms inspired by menswear and sportswear, prioritized functionalism in their daywear. It was Madeleine Vionnet, however, who best assimilated the conceptual underpinnings of the modern movement. With her innovative use of bias and rigorous application of a form-equals-function strategy, Vionnet introduced the subtle fit of her dress with gridded pin tucks that are simultaneously structure and ornament.
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