Mid 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery Level 2, NGV International
Courturier Madeleine Vionnet’s client stated, ‘Once on, the clothes moved. They were very easy to dance in’. They were most suited to the popular dances of the time, such as the Foxtrot, the Waltz and the Tango, which were characterised by long, continuous flowing movements by partners in unison. Tear-shaped scallops gradually increase in size from the shoulders towards the hem, resulting in a full skirt for easy movement. Each scallop features an embroidered stylised rose in metallic thread, a favourite motif of the designer and a recurring motif during the period.