‘Marjolaine’ period-style dress, Jeanne Lanvin

  • Jeanne Lanvin

  • Ivory label woven with black and red: Jeanne Lanvin / PARIS / 15. UNIS. FRANCE.7 Turquoise stamp: ETE 1920 [‘SUMMER 1920’] Written in pencil on a ribbon on the back: 1929
  • Gift of Mademoiselle Jacquemin
  • Summer 1920
  • Bronze shot silk taffeta, yellow rep, silver machine lace
  • GAL1969.92.4
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

'For me the name Lanvin goes with the memory of the girls in period dresses I first danced the foxtrot, charleston and shimmy with. At the dances they were always the best dressed.', Christian Dior. 
The period-style dress made a notable contribution to the Lanvin reputation. Radically opposed to the straight look of the 1920s, their narrow waists and ample skirts – in the tradition of the 18th-century crinoline – gave full vent to their maker's romanticism. Here the overlaid petals of the taffeta and lace cockade and the long scalloped ribbons reflect all the virtuosity of the Lanvin workshops. A similar model in green belongs to the Lanvin Estate.

Notice's author : Sophie Grossiord