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Dress

Designer:
Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)
Date:
1920
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Judith Backer Grunberg, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.228
Not on view
One of Vionnet's most triumphant dresses carries the grand patterns of silk around the body, while the fabric twists and tucks back upon itself. The "subject" of this dress is ultimately how it was made and how it works as a composition. It is the fascination of a Vionnet to recognize that the dress is, in its way, transparent, yet it is also a kind of three-dimensional, silk-swathing puzzle.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism and Fashion," December 11, 1998–March 21, 1999.

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