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Madeleine vionnet

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This evening ensemble dates back to 1931 and is from House of Patou. The dress is intended for evening wear, but once the cape is removed it can also be worn between 6 and 8. I love the simplicity of the dress. everything about it is elegant: it's delicate drape, it's natural silhouette and it's hand painted silk satin.

Design House: House of Patou (French, founded 1919). Designer: Jean Patou (French, 1880–1936). Date: ca. 1931. Culture: French. Medium: silk. Credit Line:...

Madeleine Vionnet Fashion Illustration - 1930s long gown evening dress designer illustration print ad column sheath long scarf

Madeleine Vionnet Fashion Illustration - 1930s long gown evening dress designer illustration print ad column sheath long scarf

Vionnet thought seams should follow the lines of our musculature. Anatomical drawing by Hugh Laidman, Vionnet gown photo: Metropolitan Museum.

In Part 1, I shared bits of a marvelous lecture about Vionnet, given by Sandra Ericson in 2010. I recently looked at Sandra Ericson’s site online, The Center for Pattern Design, (click here)…

Madeleine Vionnet was a French fashion designer. Called the "Queen of the bias cut" and "the architect among dressmakers", Vionnet is best-known today for her elegant Grecian-style dresses and for introducing the bias cut to the fashion world.

The most fun part of doing this Designer Crochet series is that each week I get to learn about a new designer, often one that I'd never heard of before, which was the case this week with Madeleine Vionnet.

Butterick patterns 4093 and 4097; Delineator, Oct. 1931

I can’t look at 1930’s fashions without being constantly reminded of the genius of Madeleine Vionnet. She was a successful couturier in the 1920’s, when fashions were mostl…