These are some original photographs of Vionnet clothing dating mainly from the 1920s and 30s. Tomorrow I will have some modern colour photographs of the dresses, but it is nice to see them worn rather than statically hung on a mannequin.
More Vionnet pictures:
Karl Lagerfeld has said that “everybody, whether he likes it or not, is under the influence of Vionnet”, and Christian Dior likewise said that “no one has ever carried the art of dressmaking further”. Looking at the photographs, many of the designs are still very modern and could be easily worn today without looking in any way dated. These are true design classics.
Model Jule Andre standing in Conde Nast’s apartment near a wood paneled wall, arranging flowers on a table, and wearing a light-colored sleeveless velvet dress by Vionnet, and a long diamond necklace with a pear-shaped emerald drop by Black, Starr and Frost, 1927
Model Jule Andre, in Conde Nast’s apartment, wearing a black velvet dress by Vionnet, with toque hat by Reboux, and precious jewelry by Charlton, 1927
Black chiffon dinner dress with full skirt and sleeves shirred into points by Vionnet, 1936
1914. You can see even in this very early design, the fabric has been draped and the body freed of restriction
The famous handkerchief hem
Helen Lyons in a satin-lined, ankle-length, velvet evening wrap with asymmetrical hemline, medieval bell sleeves, and large, blue fox collar; designed by Vionnet; ring from Marcus, 1929
Model wearing full-length velvet toque coat with fur collar and cuffs by Vionnet, 1930
Model wearing crepe ’6256′ Vionnet dress with white turban, gloves, and black sleeved-cape, 1931
Notice how the leaf print increases in size down the skirt
Model, Sonia, wearing a pleated, sheer lame dress with a rhinestone strap tied behind the neck, by Vionnet, and bracelets by Mauboussin, 1937
Sonia Kolmer 1931, crepe romain pajamas by Vionnet
Dancer Irene Castle in a Vionnet dress, 1922
Vionnet 1938 winter collection
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor in a short-sleeved Vionnet dress and belt, holding a hip-length jacket. Photgraphed 1945.
Transparent gauze overdress with silver thread stitching
Detail of Vionnet telegraph sleeve