Red rayon evening gown, 1930s. Cut very low in front and high in back, with large velvet flower on right shoulder. Bias-cut gored skirt. Worn by Elizabeth Woodroe Meadows (1903-1992) of Charleston, West Virginia. The bias cut was devised by French couturier Madeleine Vionnet in the 1920s, cutting across the grain to add draping and stretch to any fabric. Usually, a woman could step into her dress without the need for side, back or front openings.