Formal gown, Jeanne Lanvin

  • Jeanne Lanvin

  • Unlabelled
  • Gift of Comtesse Renaud de la Frégeolière, in memory of Madame Combe Saint-Macary
  • 1909
  • Black silk muslin, gold metal thread braid, gold lamé galloon. Underlay of pink silk satin and black silk taffeta.
  • GAL1967.42.5
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

This gown was worn by the elegant Parisienne Madame Combe Saint-Macary, whose extensive wardrobe, dating mainly from the 1920s and 1930s, is now part of the Palais Galliera collection. Made when Jeanne Lanvin was just starting out, this model enjoyed a  success attested to by Henri Manuel's photograph in Les Modes of June 1909. The Lanvin style is expressed here by the straightness of the line, the Directory-style high waist, the sophisticated detailing and a play on transparency that highlights the subtlety of the colours. The wavy embellishments, a kind of Lanvin signature, are to be found on a number of her creations for adults and children at this period.

Notice's author : Sophie Grossiord