Evening coat

Design House House of Vionnet French
Designer Madeleine Vionnet French
H. Jaeckal & Sons American

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Madeleine Vionnet was a consummate technician, particularly known for her innovative use of the bias cut and the mathematically precise construction of her garments. Hallmarks of her design sensibilities with silks translate here into fur in the fit and flare styling as well as in the dolman sleeve treatment. Notably, the coat was worn by Anna May Wong (1905-1961), the eminent Chinese-American star of both silent and sound film as well as radio, stage and television. Often regarded as the first Asian-American film star in the United States, if not the world, Wong was known for her personal style. The right front lining is embroidered with Chinese characters that represent Wong's name, "Wong Liu Tsong," in traditional Chinese.

Evening coat, House of Vionnet (French, active 1912–14; 1918–39), fur, silk, French

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