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Madeleine Vionnet
     

Madeleine Vionnet

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by Patrick Gries (Photographer), Pamela Golbin (Editor)
 

Famous for the "bias cut," Madeleine Vionnet’s sophisticated approach to couture remains a pervasive influence today. Eschewing artificial and restrictive padding and stiffening, she liberated the female form with designs that integrated movement and comfort into women’s fashion. She also championed unusual fabrics that were luxurious and sensual yet

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Famous for the "bias cut," Madeleine Vionnet’s sophisticated approach to couture remains a pervasive influence today. Eschewing artificial and restrictive padding and stiffening, she liberated the female form with designs that integrated movement and comfort into women’s fashion. She also championed unusual fabrics that were luxurious and sensual yet simple and modern—chiffon, silk, crêpe de chine, gabardine, and satin. Her most revolutionary creations—the handkerchief dress, cowl neck, and halter top—cling to and seamlessly move with the wearer. Vionnet’s principles of elegance, movement, architectural form, and timeless style continue to inform contemporary fashion. This lavishly illustrated book showcases Vionnet’s daringly original designs worn by 80 internationally famous models photographed especially for this book alongside original patterns and archival images by such icons as Horst and Steichen.

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From the Publisher
"The tome of the season Vionnet is an absolutely stunning visual collection of the couture architect & icon in a captivating curation by the Musee des Arts Decoratiffs curator in chief Pamela Golbin." ~LePetiteBlog.com
Library Journal
Accompanying the first major exhibition on early 20th-century Parisian couturiere Madeleine Vionnet, this catalog contains an imaginary interview with Vionnet, written by Golbin (curator, Museé des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Valentino: Themes and Variations), that outlines the couturiere's working methods and preferences. In another excellent essay, Golbin emphasizes the chief characteristics of Vionnet's dress designs, including their geometric cuts as well as the draping and bias cut that accentuated the femininity of a woman's body. As opposed to Paul Poiret, known for his Orientalist designs, and Coco Chanel, who adopted simple menswear cuts, Vionnet stands as a purist in relation to fashion, with plastic dress forms that drape the body as a second skin. Featuring many beautiful photographs of models wearing Vionnet's designs taken by Patrick Gries for this book, plus black-and-white archival photos, the book also includes a chronology and primary-source documents by people who knew the designer. VERDICT Recommended to readers who are interested in the history of couture fashion.—Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847832781
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 13.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Golbin is curator at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and author of Valentino: Themes and Variations. Patrick Gries is one of France’s most celebrated photographers, covering everything from fashion to natural history.

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Madeleine Vionnet 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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dynalynn More than 1 year ago
I own the other Vionnet book by Kirke and this makes a perfect set for anyone interested in Vionnet and haute couture of the time. This book doesn't offer any patterns, but it does have many more photos and details of other Vionnet designs not included in the Kirke book, many with several images of the same garment. I actually went to the store with the intent of buying a book about Lanvin, but had to walk away with this one because, as a seamstress, it is much more inspiring. Worth every penny!
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