The Bias cut. One of the most important elements of 1930's fashion developed by Madeleine Vionnet, a French Couturier. In 1927 she discovered that if you turned fabric vertically so that the warp and weft threads are both on the diagonal it created a natural elasticity. This allowed the fabric to cling to the contours of the body and gave dresses a sleek and elegant look - what we often refer to as Grecian-style gowns. During her career, Ms. Vionnet dressed style icons such as Greta Garbo and popularized the cowl- and halter-neck styles.
Having retired in 1939, one can usually find Vionnet in museums - attesting to her genius. Which means it is generally out of reach for most of us.
Unless you head to Barney's in New York where they have decided to relaunch a Vionnet line. A tricky concept since she has been out of the mainstream for such a long time, Barney's runs the risk of shoppers not knowing who she is.
The line will feature drapey silk evening gowns, pants, blouses and coats that retail from $1,800 to $14,400 and sales associates who have been trained to discuss the label's history. So even if you are not buying, you can get a little history lesson!