Evening dress

Designer: Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)

Date: spring/summer 1938

Culture: French

Medium: rayon

Credit Line: Gift of Madame Madeleine Vionnet, 1952

Accession Number: C.I.52.18.4


Though there are separate specialists for applied braid and fringe, known as the crépinières, Vionnet chose in this instance to employ an embroidery of individual graduated lengths of silk thread passed and looped through the fabric, with each thread forming two drops of fringe. The scallop arcs constitute the sole decoration of the dress.