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  • Evening gown, 1939
    Madeleine Vionnet (French, 1876–1975)
    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.

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  • Evening gown, 1939
    Madeleine Vionnet (French, 1876–1975)
    Pale pink lamé and black silk lace appliquéd with black silk velvet
    Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, 1952 (C.I.52.24.2a,b)

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