Lanvin

Jeanne Lanvin was a Parisian milliner in the late 1800’s. She became known for the beautiful dresses she created for her daughter, her earliest couture pieces were children’s gowns, usually more difficult to construct due to their small size. In 1909 Lanvin opened her first dress shop. Her designs utilized her skills in embroidery and multi-needle stitching. Inspired by her travels in Spain, Lanvin added elements of beading, ombre dye, and her own shade of blue coloring inspired by the stained glass windows there. Lanvin did not draw or cut her garments but gave verbal instructions to her seamstresses. She found inspiration in all types of fine art, not always the typical art deco embroidery that was popular for the time. Lanvin introduced the chemise, a garment typically reserved for wearing as underwear, out of the shadows and used the simple design as a dress. This daring simplicity is part of what has allowed Lanvin’s vintage 1920’s pieces to be worn today.

Lanvin