Madeleine Vionnet

Madeleine Vionnet

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by Betty Kirke, Issey Miyake
     
 

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This "spectacular tribute to a designer of breathtaking grace and originality" (Threads) is the definitive volume on the legendary Madeleine Vionnet's life and work. Now back in print with a fresh new cover, this reissue marks the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the House of Vionnet and the revival of the Vionnet brand. Lavishly illustrated in over 400

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This "spectacular tribute to a designer of breathtaking grace and originality" (Threads) is the definitive volume on the legendary Madeleine Vionnet's life and work. Now back in print with a fresh new cover, this reissue marks the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the House of Vionnet and the revival of the Vionnet brand. Lavishly illustrated in over 400 photographs, sketches, and with complete patterns for 30 of the most influential designs of this architect among dressmakers, this exquisite volume is an essential reference for fashion students and a vibrant portrait of a grande dame of 20th century couture.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The book comprises 400 photographs, 38 original dress patterns and interviews with the designer herself. Colorful visuals showcase Vionnet's preference for Grecian-style dresses and the bias cut, the latter on display in one of her black silk, satin-backed crêpe dresses, which she fitted with ripples at the hems and matched with a high neckline. Vionnet loved flow in dresses — so did her famous clients like Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford — and she was famously opposed to corsets. 'I have never been able to tolerate corsets myself, so why should I inflict them on other women,' she has been quoted as saying." —New York Times T Style Blog
Celeste Sheets
Vionnet mastered the drape and cut of bias fabric like no one before or sense....[She created] garments and live and breathe with the body that wears them....[The book is] a spectacular tribute to a designer of breathtaking grace and originality.
Threads

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452110691
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/12/2012
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
744,124
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 14.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Betty Kirke is a lecturer and instructor in costume conservation. She lives in New York City.

Issey Miyake is a world-renowned fashion designer based in Tokyo, Japan.

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Madeleine Vionnet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Ms. Vionnet's book is a true work of art for the fashionista who knows REAL beauty in the draftmenship of dress making. The paterns are easy to follow that you'd think that they're not going to work well. But over all the styles and beauty of her work are so timeless and would work well then AND now! And I'm not a fashion junkie, I just like timeless pieces...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a huge collection of apparel design books, but this book is my favorite. It demystifies complicated bias cut designs, which is priceless. Also, it contains blueprints of actual Vionnet designs that you can use if you have a bit of experience in patternwork. They are amazing; I felt like I found Vionnet's original designs while poking around in an attic in Paris: euphoric!