Vionnet Makes A Return To The Red Carpet

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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21 Responses to Vionnet Makes A Return To The Red Carpet

  1. sydneycheapchic October 22, 2009 at 08:22 #

    I think they both look amazing!

  2. Alfredo October 22, 2009 at 07:42 #

    Hilary looks AMAZING! This is a real WOW! Not like the last gown she wore, she did no justice to that Elie Saab. Here she is just a Goddess, ther color, design and fit are a match made in heaven for her.

  3. Rhys October 21, 2009 at 22:15 #

    I think Hilary looks absolutely stunning, everything works. The colour is so rich and compliments her hair and skin tone really well.

    Love the red dress on Carey as well, but it just seems like it needs to be pulled up a little. Anyone else agree? As if the bodice part has slipped.

  4. amelia October 21, 2009 at 17:32 #

    hilary swank is PERFECTION, my best dressed of the week so far! nice to know about the return of a brand with such history =D

  5. Stuti October 21, 2009 at 16:39 #

    I check back here every half hour. And there is ALWAYS a new post. Thanks FC! Much love. 🙂
    Also, I love Carey. <3

    • Fashion Critic October 21, 2009 at 16:47 #

      you’re welcome

  6. Powell October 21, 2009 at 16:05 #

    Thanks for the background on the courageous and revolutionary Madeleine Vionnet. The draping makes for a nice silhouette on both Mulligen and Swank. I also like the cap-like sleeve on the dresses.

    • Fashion Critic October 21, 2009 at 16:08 #

      You are welcome.

      I felt it was my duty as not many would have instantly recognised the name 🙂

  7. alexa October 21, 2009 at 16:00 #

    maybe I am the only one but these dresses look a bit old. Love Hilary though,she looks amazing!

    • mol October 21, 2009 at 17:58 #

      Agreed, at least on Carey, the color and even the shape flatters but somehow it still seems a little too old for her (I’m not even sure of her age). As for Hilary, I think she looks outstanding and carries this sophisticated look well.

  8. Marvel October 21, 2009 at 15:54 #

    Carey is certainly hitting the high notes!
    She’ll probably be nominated for her role thus we shall see what she has in store for us come Awards Season. Cant wait,


  9. justme October 21, 2009 at 15:48 #

    I don’t know if it’s the length of the dress or the shoes or her posture but there’s something I don’t like about Carey’s look.

    BUT Hilary looks amazing. I swear I’m not gonna be able to vote for this BDOTW poll, ugh lol.

  10. c October 21, 2009 at 15:44 #

    thanks! what was the designer of the shoes that mariska hargitay wore to that event with the lela rose dress? thank you.

    • Fashion Critic October 21, 2009 at 15:45 #

      don’t know

  11. xoliquoricexo October 21, 2009 at 14:56 #

    ms. swank looks INSANELY good! WOW.

  12. YSLGirl October 21, 2009 at 14:31 #

    It’s going to be a busy week for BDotW. Another contender for me!

    I love Vionnet.

    • YSLGirl October 21, 2009 at 14:32 #

      I was referring to Carey, by the way.

      • Fashion Critic October 21, 2009 at 14:33 #

        Noted 🙂

  13. Snarky Sharky October 21, 2009 at 14:27 #

    Am I crazy or the red one would look even more fantastic on Tilda Swinton?

  14. Leah October 21, 2009 at 14:15 #

    I’m in love!!!!

    • Fashion Critic October 21, 2009 at 14:16 #


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