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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
Evening dresses, 1938-39. Unlike other designers of the times, her dresses defied copying. To obtain the patterns her designs would have to be unassembled and laid flat in order to be understood. Some of her dresses, shapeless on the hanger, only made sense when viewed on the body and some even required instructions to wear!