The Jeanne Lanvin Exhibition

Jeanne Lanvin was an incredible woman.

Lanvin is the oldest French fashion house and is still adored by fashionable types worldwide.

But unlike Coco, Jeanne is not exactly a household name. Most people know very little about her, if anything at all.

Thankfully the new exhibition at Palais Galliera is set to change all of that.

We were invited in for a little preview, before the show opened last week. So what better opportunity to allow you a little snoop too?!

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I started writing a brief history of Lanvin, got about half way through the timeline and decided I was gilding the lily! So here’s what the official program has to say about Jeanne’s impressive career. None of the flowery stuff, just the facts.

“Mademoiselle Jeanne began her career as a milliner in 1885. In 1889, she opened a shop “Lanvin (Melle Jeanne) Modes” at 16 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, then in 1893 acquired her premises at 22 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.

In 1897, she gave birth to her only daughter, Marguerite, who became her primary source of inspiration. In 1908, Jeanne Lanvin hit upon the new idea of children’s clothes. The following year, she opened the Young Ladies’ and Women’s department. (Designing dresses for mother and daughter to wear as a set. You can see this reflected in the famous logo, designed by Paul Iribe, of Jeanne and her daughter.)

That same year, she joined the Syndicat de la Couture, the designers’ union, and entered the closed world of French Fashion Houses. There followed a brides’ department, departments for lingerie and furs and, in the early 1920s, interior decoration and sport. In 1926, the entrepreneurial designer launched into men’s fashion. She also opened shops in Deauville, Biarritz, Barcelona, Buenos-Aires, Cannes, and Le Touquet… Inspired by the intense blue in frescoes by Fra Angelico, that same quattrocento blue became her favourite colour… In 1927, she celebrated her daughter Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday with the creation of the legendary perfume Arpège.”

The exhibition is simply stunning. It includes works, photos, swatches, sketches from Lanvin’s earliest moments, up until her death in 1946.

There are over 100 models and each and every one is cloaked in something truly remarkable.

Let’s take a spin around!

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Even the displays are extraordinary, the use of lights and mirrors really bring archive pieces to life once more.

Anyway, I wont witter on! I’ll leave the pictures to do the talking.

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As you can see, I went a little snap happy!

I just couldn’t resist… and I have barely even shown you half of what’s hiding in there. Jeanne Lanvin Exhibition -62

If you find yourself in Paris, please, please promise me you’ll visit?

Take a couple of hours and just spend it pouring over the sketchbooks and intricate detailing of each and every dress. It really is magical, and highly motivational for any female entrepreneurs out there!

Opening times, etc. on ze website.

 

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  • I’m not surprised that you took so many photos, how stunning are those dresses! Thanks for giving us the grand tour xx
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  • Exquisite Photos Rosie! 🙂
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  • Wow, amazing pictures. The detailing is exquisite!
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  • Angelica P

    Gorgeous photos as always – it’s really great to get shown around the exhibit like this! Some of those dresses are just fabulous!

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  • Kate

    How beautiful! I actually feel almost like I’ve visited – thanks so much for your stunning photos! Some of the detailing on these pieces looks really exquisite. I can imagine losing hours in there! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • julesinabox

    Even though most of these are gowns and not exactly pret-a-porter, there are some styles that I would totally wear today. What a lovely collection!
    Jules.-
    http://thekiwidiaries.com

  • Sadly I was a week too early for this one! I did, however, take one of your earlier recommendations and pop over to Angelina for a sinfully decadent hot chocolate. Uh-maze-ing! Of course, I had to blog, and podcast, and photograph, every. last. detail. http://bit.ly/1BAGvBM

    Keep the recommendations coming!! Can’t wait to hear about the Maldives.

  • all your photos are amazing! looks like such a lovely time!

    Rachel // Style Soup

  • I remember doing a project on Lanvin in my grade 11 Fashion Arts class. It’s cool seeing all of the information come up again and refresh itself in my memory. Great collection of photos – I wish I could see the exhibition myself!

    M.

  • Looks like a great exhibition! It’s a shame people don’t know more about Jeanne Lanvin. Thanks for giving us a preview! x
    Anne-Sophie
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  • Satirical Sartorial

    Beautiful post, thanks! I just want to point out that one thing scared the hell out of me, rather literally. In the “Lanvin Blue and the Lanvin Colour Range” 3rd from last photo of text, if you look at the last paragraph, where dress names like Poppy and Ruby are listed, you will see that, between those two names, another rather scary word is placed… which doesn’t exist in the French original text and which, rather ominously, has no place being there. Are you as freaked out as I am?!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    WOW is the only thing I can say!


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  • I’ve always loved the dresses she designed in the 1920s. I’d be drooling if I saw all of them in person!

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  • Kari Guastella

    What an extraordinary woman!
    Kari
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  • So can we play dress up with these dresses? This looks like the dream, your photos are lustworthy.

    Also high-kneed boots are high up on my wish list!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Jeannie C

    This is proof that fashion is anything but shallow and vapid

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  • This is incredible! I’d never even heard of her, but I’m absolutely enchanted. The dresses are phenomenal – what an incredible opportunity!

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  • Liz

    Thank you for sharing, these photos are incredible!

    xo, Liz
    http:// lipstickandconfetti.com

  • KC

    It’s inspirational because this woman created an empire our of her dream. It may inspire others to do the same and follow their passion to the highest degree.

  • I heard about the exhibition only yesterday and was looking for more pictures of the contents, so thank you very much. I just wish I could get to Paris to see it in person.

  • Anne

    Motivational because Lanvin built herself a business empire. Like many women who made it in her time, this was extraordinary given the fact that women in her time had to argue for their right to ownership without her husband or her dad as a co-signer, and it had only been a few decades before that women were protesting for the right to vote!

  • I really enjoyed reading about Lanvin. What struck me, apart from the incredible designs is that a lot of them would look AMAZING today – timeless!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Helena

    Looks like you had a great time! I would love to visit that place sometimes; this was such an inspiring read. Your outfit is cute as always. Love your feminine and classic style. Thank you for sharing!

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  • Maija

    I believe she means creating a (beautiful) brand like Lanvin is highly inspirational and motivational…

  • Britt Elen

    I think rosie doesn’t mean the ‘bits of stitching’ are inspiring, I think she rather wants to point out the gigantic imperium that was buillt by Lanvin and how that could inspire us to aim high.

  • These are such gorgeous pieces, what an amazing exhibit! What an incredibly talented woman!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Lovely journey of a woman who worked hard enough to have her reputation live on past her being.
    Incredible!

  • Marianne French

    I love your outfit, these photos are beautiful! Thank for sharing!

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  • The detail is amazing, from sketchbook to the final design there is such a uniqueness to it! I agree that we hear less about Lanvin, so this is a lovely way to celebrate a forward thinker!

    Lauren x

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  • Wow the exhibition looks absolutely beautiful!

    I have to say I’ve been a little in love with Lanvin ever since I first found her stunning collection of lead glass and velvet necklaces she produced one season. I saw them first in selfridges but then when next in Paris, saw them in a dress exhibition at Versailles! That setting really brought them to life and ever since iv been a little obsessed by everything she’s done. It’s beautiful to see that a little of her magic is being shared through this exhibition… Hopefully next stop, London?

    KatieJane
    Katies-rose-garden.blogspot.com

  • Emma and Emily

    This looks absolutely gorgeous! I want to book my eurostar right now.

    Emily x
    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • I think possibly Rosie may be referring the fact that Lanvin managed to become so successful at a time when women didn’t necessarily tend to be business women, whether in fashion or any other business? And therefore the fact that she managed to become so successful at a difficult time should be inspiring to anyone who wants to start a business?

    KatieJane
    http://Www.katies-rose-garden.blogspot.com

  • Sofie-Eliza Price

    Hi Rosie! Beautiful post, as per. I’m utterly in love with the gold dress with the v-back and the big red bow – divine 🙂

  • Natasha Lancaster

    Stunning photos! I would love to visit – so much detail and history in every single item. Thank you for sharing x

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  • It’s just such beautiful clothes and amazing to see what one woman created 🙂

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  • Oh my gosh, these pieces are incredible! Not jealous at all!!

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  • Wow, I totally got lost in this post for the past 20 minutes!! I love fashion and history and this looks like it was a truly amazing experience – to see actual dresses, sketches and find out the history and inspiration behind her designs!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Oh how lovely! The Palais Gailliera always plays host to amazing fashion exhibitions!

    Mara xx

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  • Wow! That was incredible! Thank you for introducing her to me! That was so beautiful. I really fell in love with all of the dresses!

  • Krissie Rogers

    LOVE Lanvin. Beautiful pictures, I wish I was in Paris to go.

    Krissie x – pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

  • louie.and.coco

    This is heaven on earth!! I adore Lanvin! Jeanne used to be my favourite perfume.
    I am impressed to see the intricate embroidery work in some of the dresses. I can only imagine the amount of hours it took to make them.

    Lovely post!

  • I love hearing about empowering women – especially those who lived before this day and age, because let’s admit it – we have it much easier than most. Gorgeous pieces!
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  • Kate

    The exhibit looks fabulous and you look chic as always!

    Kate
    http://www.lamiabellavita.com

  • Oh how I wish that the cream colored backless dress was mine! 🙂

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  • Alex

    your pictures are amazing, it looks great!

    Lifestyle Funxion

  • Claudeth Mercado

    Just found out about your blog and its really beautiful and inspiring!! 🙂

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