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Cocktail dress

Designer:
Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)
Retailer:
Hattie Carnegie, Inc. (American, 1918–1965)
Date:
1936
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metal
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 49 in. (124.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. John Chambers Hughes, 1958
Accession Number:
C.I.58.34.15
Not on view
Vionnet offered an ultimate performance in lithe equilibrium with a bodice constructed of one piece, seamed at the waist. All shaping is created by the graduated hexagons. Thus, Vionnet imposed form through the illusion of embellishment but carefully concealed a system of miniscule adjustments into the design of the tucking. This sublimated essential structure is akin to modern architecture's streamlined vocabulary of ornament to serve compositional needs.
Marking: [label] "Hattie Carnegie, Inc."
[back of label] Hughes 44731-11736
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