Jeanne Lanvin

Exhibition at the Palais Galliera from March 8 to August 23, 2015

The Palais Galliera is honouring the oldest French fashion house still in business. This first Paris exhibition devoted to Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) features over a hundred models from the amazing collections of the Palais Galliera and the Lanvin Heritage.

Jeanne Lanvin started to work at the age of 13 as an apprentice dressmaker and hat trimmer in a shop located rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré where she opened her own small fashion store five years later. In 1889, she opened her first boutique rue Boissy where she sold her own millinery creations. After giving birth to Marguerite in 1897, Jeanne started designing clothes for her baby. In 1909, she launched a clothing collection for women. As a part of the Parisian elite, the Lanvin fashion house joined the Syndicat de la Couture (French Union of Fashion). Inspired by arts, decorative arts and cultures from around the world, her creations were sophisticated and modern. She created her colors in her own dyeing workshops: Lanvin blue, Polignac pink, Velasquez green. She used to take as much care over the choice of fabrics and the finish. Later, she expended her activities into interior design, sportswear, men’s clothing and perfume. As time went by, she set a textile empire counting numerous boutiques. Between the 1920’s and the 1930’s, Jeanne Lanvin became a part of history: queens, princesses as well as famous actresses counted among her customers and Arpège, created in 1927, quickly became a mythical fragrance. Jeanne Lanvin represents artistry in materials, embroidery, topstitches, twists, spirals, cut-outs – all the virtuosity of the couturière’s craft. It is classical French perfection, with very 18th century style dresses contrasting with the tubular line of Art Deco with its black and white geometrical patterns, the profusion of ribbons, cristals, beads, and silk tassels...

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  • Palais Galliera - City of Paris Fashion Museum 10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16e
    Tuesday-Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm
    Night opening on Thursdays until 9 pm
    Closed on Mondays & public holidays
  • General Curator : Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera
    Academic Direction: Sophie Grossiord, general curator at the Palais Galliera, assisted by Christian Gros
    Artistic Direction: Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin, with Laure Harivel, Katy Reiss and Romain Stiegler
    Scenography: Laurence Le Bris
  • Image : Jeanne Lanvin, coat, 1937. Patrimoine Lanvin
    © Katerina Jebb - Graphic conception: Loran Stosskopf
  • Interview of Olivier Saillard on
  • Our story behind the pictures : Jeanne Lanvin