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Medium
silk tulle, metallic thread, silk and metallic thread lamé
Measurements
(a) 127.5 cm (centre back) 46.3 cm (waist, flat) (evening dress) (b) 104.8 cm (centre back) 48.5 cm (waist, flat) (slip)
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
Accession Number
D20.a-b-1979
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of David Syme & Co. Limited, Fellow, 1977
Gallery location
Not on display
About

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.

—text from Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion (Jan 1970)