Fashion

Madeleine Vionnet (1876 - 1975)

The “architect of couture” developed a modern vision of fashion with an important taste for Art Deco and a feminist concern for the social rights of her employees. The inventor of the bias cut, she designed sensual sculptural draped garments inspired by the Antiquity and privileged geometric lines.

Madeleine Vionnet, Coat, ca. 1933, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Coat, ca. 1933, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1937, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1937, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 9, Coat, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 9, Coat, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
 Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, Summer 1920
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, Summer 1920
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Ensemble, Summer 1935
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Ensemble, Summer 1935
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, photographed by the Studio Dax for L'Officiel de la Mode, Summer 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, photographed by the Studio Dax for L'Officiel de la Mode, Summer 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Shawl, ca. 1925, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Shawl, ca. 1925, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Irene Castle in Madeleine Vionnet Dress, 1922
Irene Castle in Madeleine Vionnet Dress, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, Cape, ca. 1937, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Cape, ca. 1937, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Coat, 1930
Madeleine Vionnet, Coat, 1930
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 3, La Vague - Swimsuit, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 3, La Vague - Swimsuit, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1932, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1932, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1937
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1937
Madeleine Vionnet, Fancy Dress, ca. 1939, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Fancy Dress, ca. 1939, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, Summer 1922, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, Summer 1922, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Scarf, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Scarf, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 1, Woven Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 1, Woven Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, Sketch, ca. 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, Sketch, ca. 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1939, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1939, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Wedding Ensemble, 1929, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Wedding Ensemble, 1929, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Crepe Romain Pajamas, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, ca. 1931
Madeleine Vionnet, Crepe Romain Pajamas, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, ca. 1931
Madeleine Vionnet, Afternoon Dress, 1930s , Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Afternoon Dress, 1930s , Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Coq de Roche Evening Dress, 1935, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Coq de Roche Evening Dress, 1935, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Crepe Romain Pajamas, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, ca. 1931
Madeleine Vionnet, Crepe Romain Pajamas, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, ca. 1931
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1927
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1927
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, Spring/Summer 1932, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, Spring/Summer 1932, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet at work draping, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet at work draping, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, Blouse, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Blouse, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1934, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1934, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lisa Fonssagrives in Madeleine Vionnet Empire-Style Dress, photographed by Georges Hoyningen-Huene, 1938
Lisa Fonssagrives in Madeleine Vionnet Empire-Style Dress, photographed by Georges Hoyningen-Huene, 1938
Logo Madeleine Vionnet designed by Ernesto Michahelles (aka Thayaht), 1922
Logo Madeleine Vionnet designed by Ernesto Michahelles (aka Thayaht), 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1917, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1917, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1934-1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1934-1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Sketch, ca. 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, Sketch, ca. 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter, 1938-1939, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, Fall/Winter, 1938-1939, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1936
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1936
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 7, Pour Le Golf - Suit, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 7, Pour Le Golf - Suit, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1935, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1935, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, ca. 1951, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, ca. 1951, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, ca. 1936, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, ca. 1936, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1935
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1935
Madeleine Vionnet, Cover for L'Officiel de la Couture, illustration by Leon Benigni, 1939
Madeleine Vionnet, Cover for L'Officiel de la Couture, illustration by Leon Benigni, 1939
Madeleine Vionnet, 1940s
Madeleine Vionnet, 1940s
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 2, L'Orage - Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 2, L'Orage - Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Marion Morehouse and Ruth Covell in Madeleine Vionnet Dresses, photographed by Edward Steichen, 1932
Marion Morehouse and Ruth Covell in Madeleine Vionnet Dresses, photographed by Edward Steichen, 1932
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1924, Palais Galliera, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress, 1924, Palais Galliera, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress (detail), 1924, Palais Galliera, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Dress (detail), 1924, Palais Galliera, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Sketch, ca. 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, Sketch, ca. 1938
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 4, Automnal, Suit, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 4, Automnal, Suit, illustration by Thayaht, 1923
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1933, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1933, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Madeleine Vionnet, Scarf, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Scarf, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Day Dress, 1933, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Day Dress, 1933, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1938, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1938, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Purse, ca. 1928, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Purse, ca. 1928, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 1, Evening Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 1, Evening Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1933
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1933
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1931, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1931, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Madeleine Vionnet, Hostess Gow, 1930s, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Madeleine Vionnet, Hostess Gow, 1930s, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress (detail), Summer 1936
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress (detail), Summer 1936
Madeleine Vionner working at her Studio Avenue Montaigne, ca. 1930
Madeleine Vionner working at her Studio Avenue Montaigne, ca. 1930
Madeleine Vionnet, Quatre Mouchoirs Dress, Winter 1920
Madeleine Vionnet, Quatre Mouchoirs Dress, Winter 1920
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1938, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, 1938, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Dishabille, 1931, Palais Galliera, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Dishabille, 1931, Palais Galliera, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet and fashion journalist Nina Hyde with the miniature mannequin used by the designer to drape her toiles in the round, 1974
Madeleine Vionnet and fashion journalist Nina Hyde with the miniature mannequin used by the designer to drape her toiles in the round, 1974
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 5, Souvenir de Pâques à Rome - Afternoon Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 5, Souvenir de Pâques à Rome - Afternoon Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, in L'Officiel de la Couture, illustration by Leon Benigni, 1930s
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, in L'Officiel de la Couture, illustration by Leon Benigni, 1930s
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, late 1930s
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, late 1930s
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 4, L'Essayage à Paris - Costume for Airplane Trip, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 4, L'Essayage à Paris - Costume for Airplane Trip, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, in L'Officiel de la Couture, illustration by Leon Benigni, 1930s
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, in L'Officiel de la Couture, illustration by Leon Benigni, 1930s
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 3, Pendant Les Modèles, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No. 3, Pendant Les Modèles, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, Summer 1937, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, Summer 1937, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, ca. 1932, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, ca. 1932, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress (detail), ca. 1932, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress (detail), ca. 1932, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No 2, De La Fumée - Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, in La Gazette du Bon Ton, No 2, De La Fumée - Dress, illustration by Thayaht, 1922
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst, 1937
Madeleine Vionnet, Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst, 1937
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Blouse, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Blouse, ca. 1935, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Mary Taylor and Mrs Robert H. McAdoo in Madeleine Vionnet Dress, photographed by Edward Steichen, 1935
Mary Taylor and Mrs Robert H. McAdoo in Madeleine Vionnet Dress, photographed by Edward Steichen, 1935
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Cape, ca. 1925, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Madeleine Vionnet, Evening Cape, ca. 1925, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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