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Storehouse of Memory: Madeleine Vionnet: 'When a woman smiles, the dress must smile with her'

Storehouse of Memory: Madeleine Vionnet: 'When a woman smiles, the dress must smile with her'

Evening dress, Vionnet, 1927. scanned from Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, by Taschen, via Happy Holliedays blog. May be in the Kyoto Costume Institute's collection.

Evening dress, Vionnet, 1927. scanned from Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, by Taschen, via Happy Holliedays blog. May be in the Kyoto Costume Institute's collection.

Madeleine Vionnet Afternoon Dress mid-1930s // V T.196 to B-1973// Materials and Techniques: Apricot-coloured silk crêpe, silk crêpe de Chine and suede. // Credit: Bequeathed by Lady Dovercourt

Afternoon dress

Madeleine Vionnet Afternoon Dress mid-1930s // V T.196 to B-1973// Materials and Techniques: Apricot-coloured silk crêpe, silk crêpe de Chine and suede. // Credit: Bequeathed by Lady Dovercourt

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

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

The flattering handkerchief hemline was cut on the bias and innovated by Madeline Vionnet in the early 20th century.

Evening dress and jacket

The flattering handkerchief hemline was cut on the bias and innovated by Madeline Vionnet in the early 20th century.

Madeleine Vionnet Evening dress c.1938 // Material: Orange cotton and silk crepe de chine //  Museum at FIT 69.159.2 // Credit: Gift of Genia Graves

Madeleine Vionnet Evening dress c.1938 // Material: Orange cotton and silk crepe de chine // Museum at FIT 69.159.2 // Credit: Gift of Genia Graves