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Evening dress

Designer:
Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)
Date:
1936–37
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Madame Madeleine Vionnet, 1952
Accession Number:
C.I.52.18.2
Not on view
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.
Marking: [label] Madeleine Vionnet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The 10s, the 20s, the 30s: Inventive Clothes (1909–1939)," December 13, 1973–September 3, 1974.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fashion Plate," October 21, 1971–January 15, 1972.

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