madeline vionnet

Posted in FASHION by roseJ on October 25, 2009
“the other coco chanel”
french fashion designer  1876-1975
era: 20s – 40s

vionnet’s elegant grecian-style dresses did everything to accentuate the female form which was opposite of what was popular during the 20s and 30s, and anything that hid or distorted a woman’s shape was eliminated. she created the “bias cut” – a technique for cutting cloth diagonal to the grain of the fabric enabling it to cling to the body while moving with the wearer. she used materials such as crêpe de chine, gabardine, and satin to make her clothes – unusual in the 20s and 30s.

Insofar as one can talk of a Vionnet school, it comes mostly from my having been an enemy of fashion. There is something superficial and volatile about the seasonal and elusive whims of fashion which offends my sense of beauty.” – madeleine vionnet
Vionnet hated fashion, yet she was one of the most revolutionary fashion designers of the time. An interesting irony…

madeleine vionnet at work, circa 1920