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VIONNET IN "HOMAGE TO ISADORA DUNCAN"

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Published on Oct 1, 2012

The timeless and influential vision of Madeleine Vionnet is celebrated in a
short film that also pays tribute to modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan,
who was Vionnet's contemporary in 1920s Paris and a rich source of
inspiration for the legendary designer.
Directed by Alessandro Possati, the film marks Vionnet's 100-year anniversary
and highlights the house's enduring connection to the world of arts. Firmly
established by Madame Vionnet, these cultural associations are continually
reaffirmed in the modern day evolution of the brand.
Set to an original score by acclaimed young composer José Miguel
Maschietto, the film brings Vionnet's timeless collection to life in an elemental
choreography by Jakub Sekuba. Four uniquely beautiful and talented
ballerinas from the esteemed National Theatre in Prague become
embodiments of the free spirit of Vionnet. Their performance is a showcase for
the perfectly engineered dresses displaying Vionnet's signature bias cut and
drape.
The dual qualities of form and fluidity—the enduring Vionnet codes—are
evoked with mesmerizing clarity. Architectural dresses become undulating
expressions of lightness, the movement of the fabrics echoing each dancer's
powerful grace. A progression of four acts, the performance begins with an
interpretation of Isadora Duncan's own unrestrained style and culminates in
an explosive pastiche of 21st Century breakdancing and rave.
Madeleine Vionnet liberated women's bodies. Doing away with the
constrictions of corsets and padding she reduced her designs to a purity of
construction that brought the wearer closest to their natural state. Isadora
Duncan, whose own costume was a Grecian tunic and bare feet, eschewed
the rigid poise of traditional ballet and became a pioneer for natural
movement in dance. Both were turn-of-the-century revolutionaries using their
unique artistry to create new modes of expression for the modern woman.
"Homage to Isadora Duncan" will première at Vionnet's 100-year anniversary
dinner in Paris on Sunday September 30th, 2012.

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