New Fashion Exhibition : Jeanne Lanvin in Paris

Fashion, Favourite French Things, French Fashion, Pop Culture

There’s a new must see fashion exhibition in Paris, featuring over 100 works of fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946).  The exhibition is a collaboration between The Palais Galliera and Alber Elbaz, the artistic director of Lanvin.

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Jeanne Lanvin began her career as a milliner in 1885 and shortly after opened her shop “Lanvin (Melle Jeanne) Modes”, before settling on a new address at 22 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. Jeanne’s store flourished with her children’s and women’s wear designs, and eventually menswear. She successfully grew her business to the point where she had stores in Deauville, Biarritz, Barcelona, Buenos-Aires, Cannes, and Le Touquet.

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Her style was considered classic French with a low waist, full skirt and slim bust, featuring ribbons, silk tassels and crystals.  Jeanne kept diaries of travels and swatches of fabric that fed her creativity.  She also liked to read and collect art books for inspiration.


Perfume lovers may best know Jeanne Lanvin for her celebrated perfume Arpège. The perfume was created to celebrate her daughter Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday. The round bottle was created by Armand Rateau and the logo was designed by Paul Iribe. The very same logo is still used on Lanvin designs today.

The exhibition runs from March 8 to August 23 at the Palais Galliera in Paris.


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