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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 ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Rizzoli
(first published 2009)
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This biography of the prolific French designer Madeleine Vionnet is the type of present I hope to find under the Christmas tree: an elegant coffee table book with enough variety to keep me hiding from the relatives for hours. Vionnet opens with a convincing, yet imagined, interview between Golbin and the designer, who was nicknamed "the Queen of Bias" for pioneering the use of diagonally cut geometric shapes to drape her designs. (Think the slinky, sensual gowns of '30s Hollywood.) The inner wor ...more