Madeleine Vionnet (French, 18761975)
Pale pink lamé and black silk lace appliquéd with black silk velvet
Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, 1952 (C.I.52.24.2a,b)
A bias lamé underdress is visible through the veil of a lace overdress with velvet. Seeking the unity of the garment and the integrity of the cloth, Vionnet found simplification even in lace, adding only a small panel at the waist to the one-piece bodice. Thus, even in the sheerest and inherently particled garment, Vionnet insisted on the largest possible element.