Charles James – Biography

Charles James by Irving Penn. February 28th, 1948. © The Irving Penn Foundation
Charles James by Irving Penn, February 28th, 1948. © The Irving Penn Foundation

Charles James was an Anglo-American designer renowned for his sculptural creations. From his early days working in architecture, he developed the mathematical and geometric skills that would later inform his design process. He applied carefully placed cuts, seams and under structures to create innovative shapes that were at times independent of the body underneath. Continue reading “Charles James – Biography”

Madeleine Vionnet – Biography

Madeleine Vionnet by Thérèse Bonnet, ca 1925. Librairie Diktats.
Madeleine Vionnet by Thérèse Bonnet, ca 1925. Librairie Diktats.

‘When a woman smiles, her dress must smile also’

Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975) was part of a group of creative women who transformed fashion in the early 20th century. That she preferred to identify herself as a dressmaker rather than a designer is a testament to her commitment to the craft. She sought to bring about a cohesion between body and dress, starting her design process on a half-scale mannequin and working with the features of the fabric to value the natural contours of the body. Continue reading “Madeleine Vionnet – Biography”