Short dress, Madeleine Vionnet, 1927. Silk crepe in a straight shape, round neckline, sleeveless. Bodice and skirt are finely pleated vertically; yoke is finely pleated horizontally. Musée Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris More
Madeline Vionnet: French fashion designer who wasn't successful until after the War in the 1920s, when she became a part of haute couture; known for her creation of the bias cut, which was a diagonal cut of fabric so that it had greater stretch and accentuated the curves of the body
Vionnet’s mastery of sinuous line, proportion and, above all, how to dress the liberated and dynamic female body made her one of the most celebrated couturiers of her day, and one of the most influential on over three generations of designers. Cristobal Balenciaga, another master of purist form, considered Vionnet his great mentor and friend.