Madeleine Vionnet 1930s Afternoon Dress

Madeleine Vionnet 1930s Afternoon Dress


Incredibly rare and special 1930s Madeleine Vionnet day dress! Cream textured weave crepe with incredible construction. Bias cut with many seams and squares. Neckline is fitted with hooks and eyes across the shoulders and one single hook and eye across a fold in the center neck. Lovely shell shape. Matching tie weaves through two openings in the fabric. Short sleeves, with shape given to the shoulders via several unique right angle seams. French darts and flattering column seamwork at the sides of waist. Vionnet's iconic figure-hugging bias cut throughout! Designer label with thumbprint and graphi, "déposé" in small text beneath name and stamped number 67606 on back of label. Breathtaking!!! Very rare !

Madeleine Vionnet is perhaps the most influential and iconic designer of the 1930s, and one of the most influential of the 20th century. Called "the architect among dressmakers", she is famous for her bias cut technique, displayed beautifully in this design, in which the fabric is cut on the bias at 45 degrees in such a way as to expand and contact to conform to the wearer's body. Her designs were luxurious and sensual with a modern, simple look that belied their expert, careful construction. Her gowns were worn by Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and other huge stars of the era. She retired in 1939 and donated most of her designs to the Musee de la Mode et du Textile in Paris. It is extremely rare to find examples of her work for purchase, in particular her day dresses.

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Variable due to bias cut
Bust: 34" - 44"
Waist: 26.5" - 36"
Hip: 34" - 46"
Length: 48.5"

Condition: Structurally excellent, and very very wearable. Beautiful and fascinating. Does have many small faint brown discoloration spots, scattered mainly on right sleeve, back right shoulder, and right side at waist. Some other small spots elsewhere and faint discoloration to neck tie. I have not cleaned this piece as I did not want to disturb such a piece of history. However I do feel that any discoloration should respond very well to a professional cleaning should you wish to clean or wear it. Message me if you would like closeups.

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