Evening dress

Designer: Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)

Date: 1939

Culture: French

Medium: cotton, metallic

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, 1952

Accession Number: 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.