Madeleine Vionnet. Madeleine Vionnet, Betty Kirke, Issey Miyake, foreword.
Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet

Madeleine Vionnet

San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1998. 1st US Edition. Folio, publisher's olive cloth, spine and upper board stamped in silver, silver endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.

"The dress must not hang on the body but follow its lines. When a woman smiles, the dress must smile with her." First US edition of fashion historian and costume conservationist Betty Kirke’s monograph on maverick couturier Madeleine Vionnet. Considered to be "an architect among dressmakers," the designer is best known today for popularizing what would become the revolutionary bias cut, a technique of cutting on the diagonal grain of a dress’s fabric that would become the defining feature of the 1930s female silhouette. Kirke’s definitive sourcebook offers an in-depth assessment of Vionnet's career, employing thirty years of research in addition to interviews with Vionnet, her relatives, colleagues, and former employees of her fashion house. Foreword by minimalist fashion designer Issey Miyake, who compares his first impression of a Vionnet dress to his first view of the Nike of Samothrace. Lavishly illustrated with over 400 color and black-and-white photos, sketches, and patterns for Vionnet’s best-known designs. First printing with complete number row to copyright page. Originally published in Japan in 1991. Light edgwear to unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #4957

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