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Madeleine Vionnet Exhibition in Paris: Musée Les Arts Décoratifs

 

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Above: Madeleine Vionnet evening gowns.

While traveling to Paris I had the extreme pleasure of going to the Madeleine Vionnet exhibition at the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs. For a house that was only open for 23 years, Vionnet created some extraordinary garments and revolutionized fashion with bias draping. The exhibit contained garments from her entire career with a large group from her last several collections. Viewing her workmanship in person shows the talent of a true couturier and cannot be fully captured in a picture. Between her graphic gradients, gorgeous draping, and uncorseted dresses Vionnet was a true innovator in her day and certainly an inspiration to modern fashion. If it all possible, this is one show worth seeing; the exhibition runs until January 2010. For more information visit the museums official site:

 http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/english-439/

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Above: Vionnet worked in miniature and scaled her patterns up. She also had a label that she would stamp with her own finger print.

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