Evening dress

Design House House of Vionnet French
Designer Madeleine Vionnet French

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Vionnet exposed her composition with characteristic subtlety. the wide cylinder of bias cut is pulled in at center front, radiating from and anchored by the buckle. To the casual observer, the effect is superficial and the buckle may seem applied decoration. Strategically placed at the nexus of bias construction, the center front is the dynamic convergence of the dress as a composition. In such a gesture, Vionnet was a dauntless modernist.

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

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