Although it was forced to close in 1914 at the outbreak of the first world war it re opened after the war and vionnet became one of the leading designers. Born in chilleurs aux bois in 1876 madeleine vionnet was apprenticed to a dressmaker while still a child.
In the book accompanying our exhibition patricia mears describes the meticulous breathtaking handwork of the ivory silk georgette vionnet dress on view in elegance in an age of crisis.
1930s fashion dresses madeleine vionnet. She began her career in fashion working for makers of lingerie as well as dress makers and couturiers in london and paris. Born in chilleurs aux bois france vionnet worked as a lacemaker s apprentice from. Vionnet s exquisite technique and ingenious construction like that seen in her 1936 carnival dress popularized her designs internationally throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
Madeleine vionnet pronounced ma də lɛn vjɔ ne. After the drop waist raised hem sequin dresses of the 1920 s appeared fashion dictated that by 1930 the look would disappear. About the look m adeleine vionnet modernized fashion through her impeccable craftsmanship and advanced designs creating fashions that were functional yet chic.
Although the robe de style is more indicative of 1910 12 fashion the combination of a transparent dress and slim slip underskirt puts the dress with its active visibility of the body firmly in the 1930s. When a woman smiles then her dress should smile too madeleine vionnet. As one trend is born another must die.
See more ideas about vionnet madeleine vionnet madeleine. June 22 1876 loiret france march 2 1975 was a french fashion designer vionnet trained in london before returning to france to establish her first fashion house in paris in 1912. In the third instalment of bof s fashion history series we find out that at its peak vionnet had 26 ateliers and employed 1 000 staff but the couturier preferred the privacy of her study to meeting clients or running a business.
Dating to the spring of 1930 the ivory chiffon dress subtly illustrates vionnet s excellence at manipulating a garment s ground fabric in order to create surface ornamentation. A big misrepresentation of history is that all women during the 1920 s had a cloche hat. Jul 25 2019 explore marciarosenthal s board designer madeleine vionnet and the bias cut 1930 s on pinterest.
Designer madeleine vionnet 1876 1975 was one of europe s greatest couturiers famous for pioneering the revolutionary bias cut dress draped expertly over the body which changed the shape of women s fashion. Madeleine vionnet built an empire by rejecting corsets and buttons in favour of the bias cut. Madeleine vionnet french chilleurs aux bois 1876 1975 paris date.