Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975)
Black silk velvet, with two asymmetric silk georgette streamers
Museum no. T.89-1982
Worn by Mrs Opal Holt, and given by Mrs D.M. Haynes and Mrs M. Clark
Couturier clothing like this was custom-made for each individual client, and was out of most women's reach. However, couture influenced the silhouette and style of more affordable fashions, and dressmakers everywhere followed its lead. The prevalent 1930s style was the bias cut, in which fabric is cut diagonally to the grain of the fabric, creating garments that skimmed over the body's curves. The 1930s silhouette is therefore slinky and close-fitting and the line was simple and uncluttered, with few trimmings or accessories.