Evening gown, Madeleine Vionnet

  • Madeleine Vionnet; embroidery by Lesage

  • Unlabelled
  • Gift of François Lesage
  • 1924
  • Shaded green silk muslin, running stitch copper thread embroidery, sewn metal thread, sewn embroidery of white beads, green bugles and faceted rhinestones
  • GAL 1992.19.1
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

This dress uses the pattern seen in the famous classical Greek logo that Ernesto Thayaht designed for Madeleine Vionnet in 1919: a woman inscribed within a circle is standing on the capital of an Ionic column and holding up her peplos.

Here the cut involves a virtuoso overlaying of panels using a range of subtle gradations of green. The trompe l'oeil necklaces are a reminder that the 1920s were truly a golden age for embroidery. 

Notice's author : Sophie Grossiord