Vintage Fashion: 1930s
1932 Evening Dress by Madeleine Vionnet, via The Museum at FIT.
Suit, 1938-1939, Elsa Schiaparelli. Although sinuous curves ruled the evening wear silhouette in the 1930s, the strong shoulder was a dominant element as well, especially in the crisp suits of Elsa Schiaparelli. While not herself a tailor, and scorned by arch-rival Chanel for her lack of skills, Schiaparelli presided over one of the great tailoring ateliers responsible for the definitive broad-shouldered and form-fitting suits and jackets of the 1930s.
1936-1939 Evening ensemble, attributed to Elsa Schiaparelli, made by Bonwit Teller & Co. Salon de Couture. Via MMA.
Two 1938 silver lamé and ivory silk net evening dresses by Madeleine Vionnet. They were donated to the museum by Mrs. Harrison Williams in 1946. In December 1933, Chanel, Lanvin, Lucien Lelong, Vionnet, Balenciaga, Edward Molyneux, and Mainbocher named Mrs. Harrison Williams the "Best Dressed Woman in the World." | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art