1936 Madeleine Vionnet, French. Silk evening ensemble. Vionnet was a consummate technician, particularly known for her innovative use of the bias cut & the mathematically precise construction of her garments. Minimalist by philosophy, Vionnet's construction details were often executed so as to create decorative effects, obviating the need for any trimming. Layers of gossamer, yet strong, silks cut on the bias, with free-floating ties, make this evening dress an exemplar of Vionnet's work.