Design House House of Vionnet French
Designer Madeleine Vionnet French

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Madeleine Vionnet was a consummate technician, particularly known for her innovative use of the bias cut, mathematically precise construction, and use of geometric forms. Often interpreted in a rectangular form, Vionnet instead renders the outline of three stepped quadrilateral forms--2 squares and a central parallelogram--in a bias cut to give this scarf a highly unique shape. Its irregular form, with only one seam on each side, is an example of her economy of cut. The abstract shape, textural fagotting and bright color combination, reversed on the opposite side, give the piece a lively presence.

Scarf, House of Vionnet (French, active 1912–14; 1918–39), silk, French

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