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Evening dress

Designer:
Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1928
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Herman F. Clarke, 1940
Accession Number:
C.I.40.32
Not on view
Vionnet stated, "I have never insisted on ornaments: I use them on the sole condition that they complement the construction of the dress, drawing out the entire effect as if to exalt it." In her disciplined modernism, Vionnet found abundant expressive value in the joinings and suturings of the constructive pieces and little else. Thus, the integrity and the entirety of the design reside in the hinging of the plane to the necessary, but understated, three-dimensionality of the body.
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