Madeleine Vionnet was a French fashion designer who’s label was founded in Paris in 1912.

She was called the “Queen of the bias cut” pioneering the process of draping; inventing the bias cut and making dresses from one piece of fabric thus liberating women from the corset.

I personally don’t remember seeing a Vionnet gown on the red carpet in recent times, but two looks from the Resort 2010 collection designed by Rodolfo Paglialunga appeared on the red carpet, on both sides of the Atlantic last night.

First up was the new kid on the block, Carey Mulligan who braved a cold October night in London to walk the red carpet at the “An Education” premiere during London Film Festival.

Her bordeaux Vionnet Resort 2010 jersey dress with the trademark draping on the hips was accented with a gold floral brooch.

I will imagine the caped detail on the back kept her warm the poor lamb. Us women have to suffer for beauty.

Nude coloured Vionnet heels and a deep burgundy clutch completed this beautiful look.

The red carpet veteran Hilary Swank probably had to deal with the same sub zero temperatures in New York for her “Amelia” premiere.

She opted for a petrol green Vionnet Resort 2010 jersey gown, which also has the same trademark draped detail which doesn’t appear on every piece in this collection.

Tall, statuesque and elegant as always Ms Swank has just booked her self a spot on the BDOTW poll.

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