Original 1921 Madeleine Vionnet Flapper Dress Pattern

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  • Sold Date: Nov 08, 2007
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Original 1921 Madeleine Vionnet Flapper Dress Pattern


Shown above Madeleine Vionnet

Madeleine Vionnet was a French fashion designer.Called "the Queen of the bias cut."And "the architect among dressmakers.", Vionnet is best known today for her elegant Grecian style dresses and for introducing the bias cut to the fashion world.


As reported in the International Herald Tribune December, 2006:

PARIS: "Another day âe" another rebirth of a faded fashion house. But the renaissance of Madeleine Vionnet, the iconic dressmaker who freed her fellow women from corsets and construction in the Art Deco period, is exceptional.

The couturier built her business in the 1920s as a feminine counterpoint to the masculine tailoring of Coco Chanel. Vionnet closed her house with the war in 1939 but died only in 1975 at age 98.

Vionnet holds a special place in the history of fashion because of her invention of the bias cut, with fabric laid against the straight grain so that it laps the body. She also invented the halter neck and handkerchief hems and was described by Betty Kirke, conservator at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology and author of a Vionnet book, "the greatest dressmaker in the world."


This is not a facsimile.

"Original Creation by Vionnet Paris"

Ladies' and Misses' Evening Dress

Sewing Pattern by McCall #4855,

printed August 16, 1921,

and designed to fit 34" Bust, 37" Hip.

A most wonderfulflapper design, with her iconic handkerchief hem, cut on the bias, and "fitted closely at the hip". The dress could also have the shorter straight hem.

It's complete, in five easy pieces, cut neatly, with all original cut lines visible, and with both hemlines completely intact (the owner folded up the handkerchief ends and cut near, but not on the straight hem line leaving the skirt pieces completely intact).

Also inside the envelope is the separate instruction sheet, called "Printo Gravure" showing layout. Construction details are printed right on the pattern pieces. Also shown onthe printed sheet are McCall options for embellishment--patterns you could purchase separately to do the applique or beadwork suggested.

T are 3 tears at the top of the envelope--two at the side seams and one at the back--none of them obscuring text or pictures. No mustiness.


This is a great opportunity to own your own original Vionnet!

Mailing cost will be $5.00 First Class Insured in US & Canada;

$6.00 Airmail Insured to UK, EU, Japan & Australia'

Thanks for looking.

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