Dress in ivory silk crêpe embroidered with silver coloured paillettes; par Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975), ca. 1945. Collection Galleria del Costume di Palazzo Pitti. All rights reserved. Photo: Gabinetto fotografico SBAS, Mario Carrieri.
Madeleine Vionnet Dress, 1922 Silk crepe georgette with lamé edging. Arizona Costume Institute . Vionnet, a genius seamstress who built her dresses from the ground up so to speak, by cutting fabric on the bias, directly on her models. The final look was a unique feminine drape which heralded a new look that emphasized freedom of movement and femininity. Even with the popular garcon look [ flat chested and tubular ] the Vionnet dress was unmistakably feminine.
Madeleine Vionnet, French,1930 Silk, cotton Evening dress Just like strapless gowns, backless gowns became a thing as more people became comfortable with their bodies. This style was a new sexy style that permitted minimal undergarments. Most reach to right above the waist, while some extreme designs reached down below the waist.