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Evening Dress "Henriette"

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Evening Dress "Henriette"

1923 Winter

Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet
Madeleine Vionnet 26288
Gold and silver "lamé" plain weave pieced into two panels in checkerboard pattern; gold plain weave and ivory silk crêpe stole.
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Martin Kamer
Inventory Number(s)
AC6819 90-25AB

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.