This is Madeleine Vionnet. Born in 1876, a seamstress at the age of eleven, she eventually became one of the most influential fashion designers of the 20th century with her famed “House of Vionnet” which opened in 1912 and operated through the late 1930′s. Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Azzedine Alaia and Cristobal Balenciaga all name Vionnet as a major influence.

This is Madeleine Vionnet. Born in a seamstress at the age of eleven, she eventually became one of the most influential fashion designers of the century with her famed “House of Vionnet” which opened in 1912 and operated through the late

Evening dress Madeleine Vionnet  (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)   Maker: Sophie Gimbel (American) Date: 1925 Culture: American or European Medium: silk. Sideways

Evening dress Madeleine Vionnet Maker: Sophie Gimbel Date: 1925 Culture: American or European Medium: silk.

The artistry of Madeleine Vionnet.

Vionnet Dress with Fan, New York, 1974 Inventive Paris Clothes, Photographer: Irving Penn

Evening Dress, Madeleine Vionnet (Paris, France): ca. 1930, silk jersey, jewelled straps.

Evening Dress, Madeleine Vionnet (Paris, France): ca. Vionnet was a master of the bias cut. Cutting fabric on the bias makes it become naturally stretchy and hug to the body.

Vionnet Dress - c- 1933 - by Madeleine Vionnet, France - Black rayon jersey one-piece dress; vermillion silk crepe sash; bias cut -

Dress - c- 1933 - by Madeleine Vionnet, France - Black rayon jersey, vermillion silk crepe sash; bias cut - Gift of the Estate of Tina Chaw

Short dress, Madeleine Vionnet, 1927. Silk crepe in a straight shape, round neckline, sleeveless. Bodice and skirt are finely pleated vertically; yoke is finely pleated horizontally. Musée Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

Short dress, Madeleine Vionnet, Silk crepe in a straight shape, round neckline, sleeveless. Bodice and skirt are finely pleated vertically; yoke is finely pleated horizontally. Make without pleats.

Madeline Vionnet: French fashion designer who wasn't successful until after the War in the 1920s, when she became a part of haute couture; known for her creation of the bias cut, which was a diagonal cut of fabric so that it had greater stretch and accentuated the curves of the body

Madame Grès junto a uno de sus diseños en 1946 (Eugène Rubin/ FNAC/ Centre national des arts plastiques – ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Paris)

Evening dress by Madeleine Vionnet  (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois 1876–1975 Paris)  Date: fall/winter 1929–30

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Evening dress Madeleine Vionnet (French, Chilleurs-aux-Bois Paris)

Court presentation gown, 1938, Vionnet.  Grey silk chiffon with rhinestones and silver beads.  FIT Chic Chicago exhibit.

Madeleine Vionnet, court presentation gown, smoke-gray chiffon, rhinestones and silver beads,

Chiffon evening gown with embellished embroidered bodice by Madeleine Vionnet, c. 1936-1938

Evening dress by Madeleine “Madame” Vionnet, France, FIDM Museum & Galleries “ French couturier Madeleine Vionnet was born on [June in Born in Chilleurs-aux-Bois, about 75 miles.

Her first designs were influenced by Grecian style dresses that she appreciated because of their flattery to the body and their “movement like water.”

Madeleine Vionnet en images

Madeleine Vionnet detail: add a sequenced belt to any simple dress. It gives the body more shape and elegance.

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