"What I did is not fashion — it was designed to last forever."
As if anyone needs a reason to fly to Paris, the
Madeleine Vionnet, puriste de la mode exhibit is open at the
musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, and runs through January 31, 2010.
One of the most innovative and influential designers of the twentieth century, Madeleine Vionnet not only invented the bias cut, she was also an early adopter of workers' rights and copyright protection of her unique designs.
Read an excellent review and see a slideshow at New York Times online.
Books available on M. Vionnet:
A virtual gallery of Vionnet:
Vionnet did her draping on a small mannequin.