Fashion & Beauty

Madeleine Vionnet Edited by Pamela Golbin, Photographed by Patrick  Gries
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Madeleine Vionnet

Edited by Pamela Golbin, Photographed by Patrick Gries

  • September 8, 2009
  • Hardcover
  • Design - Fashion
  • Rizzoli
  • 9-3/4 x 12-3/4
  • $75.00
  • $90.00
  • 978-0-8478-3278-1

About This Book

Famous for the "bias cut," Madeleine Vionnet’s sophisticated approach to couture remains a pervasive influence today. Eschewing artificial and restrictive padding and stiffening, she liberated the female form with designs that integrated movement and comfort into women’s fashion. She also championed unusual fabrics that were luxurious and sensual yet simple and modern—chiffon, silk, crêpe de chine, gabardine, and satin. Her most revolutionary creations—the handkerchief dress, cowl neck, and halter top—cling to and seamlessly move with the wearer. Vionnet’s principles of elegance, movement, architectural form, and timeless style continue to inform contemporary fashion. This lavishly illustrated book showcases Vionnet’s daringly original designs worn by 80 internationally famous models photographed especially for this book alongside original patterns and archival images by such icons as Horst and Steichen.

About the Author

Pamela Golbin is curator at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and author of Valentino: Themes and Variations. Patrick Gries is one of France’s most celebrated photographers, covering everything from fashion to natural history.


  • "The tome of the season Vionnet is an absolutely stunning visual collection of the couture architect & icon in a captivating curation by the Musee des Arts Decoratiffs curator in chief Pamela Golbin."
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