vionnet draped dress

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I never thought I’d get the chance to wear a Vionnet dress. I actually learned about Vionnet from my favourite teacher Peggy while at Blanche Macdonald. Madeline Vionnet, or the Queen of the bias cut, was the master of the beautiful Grecian draped dress throughout the 1920’s + 30’s (think Dietrich, Garbo, Crawford). The house was resurrected in the early 2000’s and is now helmed by Goga Ashkenazi, who is bringing modern appeal to the classic aesthetics. Anyway, enough history, but you can imagine my delight at getting to strut through the streets of Gastown in an actual Vionnet (Secret L0cation is actually an exclusive carrier of the brand in greater Vancouver).

I don’t normally wear pieces as classic as this dress… although how can you go wrong with an LBD, especially one by Vionnet, amiright. I wanted to keep everything else simple and young, hence the messy hair, natural makeup and playful jewelry. I added a colourful Olympia Le Tan clutch in a nod to my mother’s psychology background. The juxtaposition of classic and messy/unique makes for my perfect kind of outfit.

PS I still can’t get over the Alison Lou bracelet… a bracelet in diamonds that spells out “Screw You?” Yes please!

Vionnet dress, BEKh coat, Olympia Le Tan clutch, Alison Lou bracelet + rings, Redline bracelet, Vanrycke bracelet, Pamela Love Fine earrings, all via Secret Location

photos by Alicia 



  1. 02.02.2016 / 9:18 am

    Wow stunning is the word!

  2. 02.02.2016 / 2:31 pm

    Seriously stunning piece Jill! I love the way you’ve styled it! It’s classic chic but still fresh and young.

    xo, jackie

    • 02.03.2016 / 3:10 pm

      thank you Jackie! That was exactly my goal 🙂

    • August Diaries
      03.30.2016 / 7:44 am

      Thank you Kristie! What an amazing compliment 🙂

  3. 02.04.2016 / 7:18 am

    this dress is beautiful and so flattering on! i NEED one, ASAP. xx

  4. Emma Cameron
    02.05.2016 / 6:41 pm

    Love the outfit!! I am currently in Peggy’s class at Blanche Macdonald, she is such a great teacher 🙂

    • August Diaries
      03.30.2016 / 7:43 am

      Ah that’s so cool! Enjoy!

  5. 02.08.2016 / 2:54 am

    You look so elegant as always!

  6. Lolita Magazine
    02.11.2016 / 7:31 pm

    Ahhhh! Peggy is a legend. It makes me so happy to know you appreciated her radness too. P.S. the dress looks gorgeous on you!

    • August Diaries
      03.30.2016 / 7:43 am

      Thank you! Ya, she is a legend!

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