Two evening dresses by Madeleine Vionnet

Two evening dresses by Madeleine Vionnet who is considered one of the 20th century's most accomplished couturiers: 1) Cream silk tulle dress with an intricately smocked bodice & 2) white cotton organdie evening dress embroidered in white thread with flowers and sheaves of wheat.


Silk, cotton, tulle
1) height: 147 cm; 2) height: 145 cm
Art Fund grant:
£31,350 ( Total: £101,365; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Private collector

Dresses from the collection have been purchased by three museums: Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle; Fashion Museum, Bath and the V&A, London. Andrew Macdonald, Acting Director of the Art Fund, said: 'These exquisite dresses reveal the astonishing cut and design of Madeleine Vionnet’s haute couture. Her innovative construction techniques and skilled manipulation of fabric have inspired many of today’s leading fashion designers. Sharing the collection between the three museums is a wonderful way of allowing more people to see Vionnet’s distinctive style as well as the sumptuous tastes of Lady Foley and the Art Fund is thrilled to have helped save them for the nation.'


Lady Foley; by descent; private collection, 1973.

Venue details

Fashion Museum Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, BATH Somerset BA1 2QH 01225 477 789

Entry details

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