Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)
Length at CB: 52 in. (132.1 cm)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Anthony Wilson, 1963
Not on view
Madeleine Vionnet was a consummate technician, particularly known for her innovative use of the bias cut and the mathematically precise construction of her garments. Minimalist by philosophy, Vionnet's construction details were often executed so as to create decorative effects, obviating the need for any trimming.
This evening dress, with its irregular piecing, features Vionnet's signature sleeves and back draping.
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