Day Ensemble

1930s (designed)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This garment shows how the French designer Madeleine Vionnet applied her dressmaking skills to a knitted garment. Vionnet is famous for her elegant bias-cut dresses created by draping them directly onto a mannequin. This cardigan is shaped into points at the waist, reflecting her interest in geometric forms.

During the 1920s and 1930s, the French couturier Coco Chanel gave knitwear a glamorous image. She created smart and practical wool outfits for the working woman. Here Vionnet has designed a smart hand-knitted ensemble. The cardigan has three green wooden buttons that match the accompanying green wool skirt.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Skirt
  • Cardigan
Materials and Techniques
Hand knitted wool yarn and woven wool
Brief Description
Hand-knitted cream wool cardigan and green wool skirt, designed by Madeleine Vionnet, France, 1930s
Physical Description
Hand-knitted cream wool cardigan with three green wooden buttons which match the green wool skirt. The cardigan is shaped into points at the waist.
Production typeHaute couture
Credit line
Given by Henry Sorenson
Object history
Registered File number 1995/309.
Summary
This garment shows how the French designer Madeleine Vionnet applied her dressmaking skills to a knitted garment. Vionnet is famous for her elegant bias-cut dresses created by draping them directly onto a mannequin. This cardigan is shaped into points at the waist, reflecting her interest in geometric forms.



During the 1920s and 1930s, the French couturier Coco Chanel gave knitwear a glamorous image. She created smart and practical wool outfits for the working woman. Here Vionnet has designed a smart hand-knitted ensemble. The cardigan has three green wooden buttons that match the accompanying green wool skirt.
Collection
Accession Number
T.162, 163-1995

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record createdJanuary 6, 2005
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