For her legendary memoir D.V., iconic Vogue editor Diana Vreeland recalled a surprising scene she witnessed one hot afternoon in a Paris movie theater: “...the lights went on, and I felt a slight movement under my hand. I looked down—and it was a cheetah! And beside the cheetah was Josephine Baker!...She was alone with the cheetah on a lead. She was so beautifully dressed. She was wearing a marvelous little short black skirt and a little Vionnet shirt—no sleeves, no back, no front, just crossed bars on the bias…Ah! Style was a great thing in those days.” Succinctly capturing the mood, movement, and clothes of a specific time is the marvel of a top that Vreeland discusses, designed by master couturier Madeleine Vionnet using fabric cut on the bias.

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