Another Vionnet stunner. I’m smitten with the drape of the bodice, the way the sleeves cup the body, and how the plunging neck is mirrored in the back of the gown. The dramatic hem is intriguing too with bands of velvet and silk set off with a metal ribbon applique in an art deco motif. Circa 1938.

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This darling confection of a dress by Madeleine Vionnet, circa 1939, features a gold lame underdress which sets off the sweet lace overlay with dramatic bow appliques.

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My favorite Vionnet gown, circa 1938. Made of rayon with decorative silk fringe in a scalloped motif. Vionnet embroidered individual graduated lengths of silk thread passed and looped through the fabric, with each thread forming two drops of fringe.

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Swooning over this Madeleine Vionnet silk gown, circa 1929/30. The front is sheer perfection with a full bow emphasizing the hips and fluttering godets. And the back (oh the back!!) is a thing of beauty with rows of cascading ruffles and a dramatic sash at the neck which trails to the hem. Magnificent!
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Swooning over this Madeleine Vionnet silk gown, circa 1929/30. The front is sheer perfection with a full bow emphasizing the hips and fluttering godets. And the back (oh the back!!) is a thing of beauty with rows of cascading ruffles and a dramatic sash at the neck which trails to the hem. Magnificent!

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The always striking Joan Crawford, in Letty Lynton by MGM 1932. Costume designer Gilbert Adrian.

The always striking Joan Crawford, in Letty Lynton by MGM 1932. Costume designer Gilbert Adrian.

How cheeky is this 1937 Schiaparelli perfume advertisement! I especially love where it says not to be given to Other Men’s Wives unless at your own peril :) Image courtesy of americanartarchives.com

How cheeky is this 1937 Schiaparelli perfume advertisement! I especially love where it says not to be given to Other Men’s Wives unless at your own peril :) Image courtesy of americanartarchives.com