Evening dress, Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris), silk, French

Evening dress

Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)
ca. 1937
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Anthony Wilson, 1963
Accession Number:
2009.300.2522a, b
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 bears the hallmarks of Vionnet's design aesthetic with the use of faggoting in both construction and as decoration.
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. "Three Women: Vionnet, McCardell, Kawakubo," February 24, 1987–April 18, 1987.