Madeleine Vionnet

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Madeleine Vionnet
The Queen of The Bias Cut Madeleine Vionnet was a French fashion designer, well known women’s couturière who contributed to the revolution and evolution of women’s fashion. The great Madeleine Vionnet was often referred to by peers as the architect of dressmakers. With her exceptional construction skills and innovative techniques Vionnet carved her own niche in the fashion industry. Throughout the course of 27 years Madeleine Vionnet accumulated success as well as honing in on creative concepts and strategic strategies that help shape the fashion system as we know it. Madeleine Vionnet used the perfect balance of innovation, elegance, as well as experimentation when it came to her design concepts. Vionnet's seemingly simple styles were complex in it’s construction process, cutting, draping, and pinning fabric designs were first done in miniature scales, before actually being produced. Recreating the garments in chiffon, silk, or Moroccan crepe on life-size models. Vionnet utilized a wide range of luxury materials such as crêpe de chine, gabardine, and satin to help bring her vision to life; fabrics that were not commonly used in women's fashion during the 1920s and 30s. She would order fabrics two yards wider than necessary in order to accommodate draping, creating clothes - particularly dresses - that were luxurious and sensual but also simple and modern. Characteristic Vionnet styles that clung to and moved with the wearer included the handkerchief dress, cowl neck, and halter top. She was also the inventor of the bias cut a technique which she protected against imitators, Vionnet had this procedure copyrighted supporting her claim with document of authenticity. Madeleine Vionnet was a revolutionary figure in her own right, helping modernize the way women dressed. Drawing inspiration from Greek goddesses, she created garments with weightless fluidity. Each and every garment designed was not only an article of clothing, but was created to be...
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