Saturday, November 15, 2008

Weekend Eye Candy - Madeleine Vionnet Evening Gown

Pale grey crepe dress by Madeleine Vionnet, Summer 1938.

The fringe is not an applied by-the-yard trim. Rather the dress is embroidered with individual loops of silk thread in scallops. The fringe gets gradually longer from waist to hem. Can you imagine the math involved in figuring out how long the fringe should be in each row so the scallops hit the hem just right?

4 comments:

Deja Pseu said...

Vionnet's pieces are just amazing!

Penny said...

oh my goodness! that is one of the most beautiful dresses i have ever, ever seen!

laurakitty said...

I would die for this dress!

Rebecca Grace said...

I saw a whole exhibit of Vionnet gowns at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris a few years ago -- breathtaking! Lots of bias silk and lots of this hand stitched fringe technique. It was amazing to see the workmanship up close. This scallop fringe gown was not in the exhibit, but it's gorgeous! So Gatsby. Thanks for sharing it.

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