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Jeanne Lanvin
1867-1946
House of Lanvin: 1889-present

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IMPORTANT EVENTS IN COMPANY HISTORY

 1867: Jeanne Lanvin was born in Brittany, France and was an apprentice at age 13. Trained first as a dressmaker, later as milliner for Madame Félix.

 1889: Opened a millinery shop in Paris.

 1909: Induction into the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture.

 Designed childrenswear for her daughter and friends. Lanvin was known for designing mother and daughter outfits. She also designed resortwear from children, men, and women.

 She created her "Robes de Style" shortly before World War I. They were inspired by 18th & 19th Century costumes. These full-skirted dresses in bouffant style did not become fashionable until the early 1920s.

 In 1921, Lanvin introduced Aztec embroideries on one of her couture lines. The following year, she introduced the Lanvin Breton Suit.

 1924: Perfumes "My Sin" and "Arpége." "Arpége" was patronized by Josephine Baker.

 1920s-1930s: Her clothing lines were most known for their embroidery and a particular shade of color called Lanvin Blue.

 1936: Introduced Zouave bloomer suit.

 Received the Croix de la Légion d'Honneur.

 1946: Jeanne Lanvin died. The house directors afterwards were her nephew Jean Gaumont Lanvin, Comtesse de Polignac, Antonio del Castillo, Jules Francois Crahay, Bernard and Maryll Lanvin, and in 1958 to Yves Lanvin. 1994-1996 L'Oréal took controlling interest in Lanvin. In August 2001 the House of Lanvin became the oldest couture house and became privately held again by investor group Harmonie S.A., headed by Mrs. Shaw-Lan Wang. The House of Lanvin is still in operation.

 1997: Claude Montana began designing for the House of Lanvin.

This website includes early fashion renderings (illustrations) of Jeanne Lanvin designs. They are in chronological order.



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La Gazette du Bon Ton
1914


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La Gazette du Bon Ton
March 1914


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La Gazette du Bon Ton
March 1920


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March 1920


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May 1920


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June 1920


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July 1920


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La Gazette du Bon Ton
November 1920


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1921


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1921


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La Gazette du Bon Ton
1921

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Article Bibliographical Information:

  • La Gazette du Bon Ton, March 1914; March, May, June, July, Nov. 1920; April 1921.
  • William & Wiener. The Paris Models, Paris and New York City, Spring 1922.

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