Vintage Fashion: 1930s
Madeleine Vionnet ensemble, circa 1932, via The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
1938 silk, spangles, and beads evening dress by Lucien Lelong, French, via MMA.
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.
Evening dress | Gabrielle Chanel | Paris, circa 1932 | Machine and hand-sewn blue tulle and sequins | This long, sleeveless evening dress is made of saxe-blue silk, completely covered with small matching sequins. It has a wide V-neck in the front, which dips to the waist at the back. A large bow of matching material is applied to the front bust, and another below the waist at the back. The skirt is gored to flare from the knees in front and from the waist at the back | VA Museum, London
1936-1939 Evening ensemble, attributed to Elsa Schiaparelli, made by Bonwit Teller & Co. Salon de Couture. Via MMA.
Madeleine Vionnet: Evening dresses (C.I.46.4.24ab,25ab) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art Dear Madame Vionnet, Will you please come back to life and design for me? I love your stuff! Love, Cath I’m feeling really hist o’dressy today.
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