Vionnet, Then and Now
One hundred years ago in Paris, legendary fashion designer Madeleine Vionnet opened the doors of her eponymous fashion house. The inventor of the bias cut, hater of corsets, and arguably the first person to design clothes based on the actual lines of a woman’s body, Vionnet was one of the most important couturiers of the first part of the Twentieth Century.
A century later the House of Vionnet has been revived, and carries forward the stunningly beautiful design mission of its founder. Working on our centenary edition of the classic book Madeleine Vionnet, I’ve spent a lot of time in the past year with the lovely vintage photographs and real working dress patterns that represent Vionnet’s gowns in this volume. (And may I just say? This is a truly glorious book we’ve got here. All serious fashionistas should for sure have it on their Christmas lists).
But it wasn’t until recently that I started spending some quality time on the modern-day Vionnet website, and discovering the myriad clever ways the designers there have been honoring their founder’s legacy, while at the same time making innovative garments that are very much of the now. Pretty amazing stuff!
All images at left are from Madeleine Vionnet by Betty Kirke, available right here or wherever books are sold. All images at right are from Vionnet’s current demi-couture collection.
And as my holiday gift to you, take 25% off and receive free shipping when you purchase Madeleine Vionnet on chroniclebooks.com by entering promo code VIONNET at checkout.
Latest posts by Bridget Watson Payne (see all)
- Let’s Make More Diverse Books - July 7, 2017
- 6 Secrets of Adulthood You Wish You Knew in Your 20s - May 18, 2017
- How to Find the Art You Like - May 16, 2017
3 Tips for Applying to the Chronicle Books Design FellowshipFebruary 13th, 2018
8 Dazzling Books, Games, and Cards for the NASA-ObsessedDecember 14th, 2017
11 Reasons to Use a Typewriter, According to Tom HanksNovember 13th, 2017
Act Now! A Collection of Protest PostcardsNovember 8th, 2017
Challenging the Rectangle: 5 Different Takes on Book ShapesNovember 3rd, 2017