Until 31 January 2010 Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris is devoting a major exhibition to Madeleine Vionnet. In 1952, the couturière donated 200 dresses, 750 dress patterns and 75 photo albums to Les Arts Décoratifs. Selected from her major works between 1912 and 1939 and now restored with the aid of Natixis, this exceptional collection of avant-garde designs can at last be shown to the public. Madeleine Vionnet’s entire career was marked by her constant quest for freedom in extremely refined but unfettered designs close to antique drapery, which continue to fascinate couturiers such as Azzedine Alaia, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and John Galliano.
The Hôtel des Académies et des Arts in Paris provides the perfect springboard for a cultural visit to the city.