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Evening Dress "Henriette"

Madeleine Vionnet for Vionnetc. 1923

The Kyoto Costume Institute

The Kyoto Costume Institute
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

This is a cylindrical dress made of two rectangular panels. The front and back panels are patchworks, constructed from 28 silver and 28 golden patches in a checkered pattern, and their similar design and texture are reminiscent of Japanese lacquer-ware such as "Makie." Madeleine Vionnet was interested in Japanese kimono and fine arts, and in the early 1920s she created many works that seemed to be inspired by them.

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  • Title: Evening Dress "Henriette"
  • Creator: Madeleine Vionnet
  • Fashion House: Madeleine Vionnet 26288
  • Label: Madeleine Vioneet 26288
  • Manufacturer: Madeleine Vionnet
  • Date Created: c. 1923
  • Type: Dress
  • Photographer: ©The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Kurigami Kazumi
  • Rights: Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute, gift of Mr. Martin Kamer
  • Medium: Gold and silver "lamé" plain weave pieced into two panels in checkerboard pattern; gold plain weave and ivory silk crêpe stole.

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