Madeleine Vionnet

Kazakh aristocrat gives struggling French label Vionnet a new life

Goga Ashkenazi has big plans for Vionnet. Photo: Nora Tam

For years, the fashion industry has been ruled by the Big Boys' Club, a group of powerful men that includes the likes of LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, Tod's owner Diego Della Valle, Only the Brave's Renzo Rosso and Kering's François-Henri Pinault.

Monday, 15 April, 2013, 9:59am

Glam Fever

Animal-print silk shirt, pencil skirt and leather belt all by Salvatore Ferragamo.

Wool coat with mohair neckline, wool cardigan, chiffon shirt, wool trousers and python shoes all by Gucci.

Silver lame shirt by Krizia. High-waisted wool trousers by Jil Sander. Jewellery by Carlo Zini.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Retro vision

Cotton blazer, silk trousers and blouse all by Diane von Furstenburg. Necklace by Moschino. Shoes by Casadei.

Left: Silk mix top by Missoni. Ring by Roberto Cavalli. Bracelet by Chanel. Below: Dress with sequined front detailing by Marc Jacobs. Earrings by Sharra Pagano. Bracelets by Chanel. Shoes by Vionnet.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Fashion guru who's addicted to his job and sends his tailor crazy

Matteo Marzotto last came to town about 18 months ago. Back then he was president of Italian fashion house Valentino; now he's chairman of French couturier Vionnet.

The Italian fashion guru appeared at the preview for Vionnet's new collection on Wednesday at Central's Joyce boutique.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hellas belles

Sophia Kokosalaki is as sick as a dog. It's the day after she has shown her spring/summer collection in Paris and she's lost her voice. Her head's pounding, too. But that doesn't stop her from cracking jokes.

19 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Style bites

Golf label tees off

6 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

style meter


House of Vionnet

Madeleine Vionnet's Grecian-style silhouettes are being revived by Greek designer Sofia Kokosalaki. For now, they are exclusively available at Barneys New York but take a peek at


11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

A user's guide to fashion

Goddess almighty New York-bound? Then be sure to take in Goddess, the spring exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute.

13 Apr 2003 - 12:00am