This is a 1930's bias cut evening dress. I have always wanted to explore the patterns layed out in Betty Kirke's book on Madeline Vionnet which includes Vionnet's history, designs, processes and also pattern references.
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.
I have experience and understanding in the process of constructing bias cut gowns and also fitting them. It is quite different to the standard dressmaking process and also can be more complex. This particular gown is made of heavy satin silk; a luxurious fabric to work with and photographs beautifully also. Every colour you see in this gown was hand dyed by myself. The palette i settled on was inspired by the surrealist artworks of the 1930's in particular the work of the multimedia surrealist artist Miro.