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Photos: Photos: The Favorite Fashion Designer of Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary, Madeleine Vionnet

“If a woman smiles, her dress must also smile”—or so insisted French designer Madeleine Vionnet, the trailblazing couturier who revolutionized 20th-century women’s clothing with bias-cut gowns and intricately draped frocks. Born to a modest family in a town just outside Paris, Vionnet began her career as an 11-year-old seamstress and continued her education as a linen maid in a psychiatric hospital. After working her way through several design houses, she finally opened her own in Paris in…

Evening dress by Madeleine Vionnet - MAAS Collection

This silk jersey evening dress, designed by Madeleine Vionnet in Paris, France in 1930, is significant both as an example of the work of one of the 20th century's most innovative designers and for representing the key elements of her style, including her use of the bias cut technique (cutting diagon...

Biased in Favor of Vionnet and Ericson, Part 2

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)…

Evening dress spring/summer 1938 Madeleine Vionnet French

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