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Exhibition

Mar 08 - Aug 23

2015
Palais Galliera
10 Avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie
Paris,75016 France
  • Jeanne Lanvin retrospective at Palais Galliera, France

  • Jeanne Lanvin retrospective at Palais Galliera, France

  • Jeanne Lanvin

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Jeanne Lanvin retrospective at Palais Galliera, France

Palais Galliera pays homage to one of the most inspiring fashion designers of all times, mademoiselle Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946), with a comprehensive retrospective that covers her prolific career. Curated by Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera, and in close collaboration with Alber Elbaz, artistic director of la maison for the last 15 years, the exhibition features more than 100 fantastic pieces, coming from the collections of the Palais Galliera and the Lanvin Heritage. Aiming to cast a light on the inspiration behind Lanvin’s exlusive prints, designs and colors, the non-chronological exhibition includes Lanvin’s diaries, personal photos, sketches, favorite books and fabric swatches that celebrate the intricate making process behind the extraordinary assembles that are on display —some of them placed into large mirrored cases, as if they were occupying the pages of a book.

Jeanne Lanvin started her career as a milliner back in 1885, and in 1889 she opened her first shop, Lanvin (Melle Jeanne) Modes in Paris. In 1893 she moved to 22 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, a location that still serves as Lanvin’s headquarters. After giving birth to her beloved daughter Marguerite in 1897, which became the inspiration of the house’s iconic mother and child logo, designed by Paul Iribe in 1924, she came up with the idea of creating a children’s line. It was soon followed by the Young Ladies’ and Women’s department in 1910, the brides’ department, lingerie and furs, interior decoration and sport, and, finally, in 1926, by a men’s line, all with great success.

With shops in Deauville, Biarritz, Barcelona, Buenos-Aires, Cannes, and Le Touquet, and a legendary perfume, Arpège, created in 1927 to commemorate her daughter Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday, Lanvin eventually became the ultimate definition of elegance. Her creations, with their discreet sophistication and irresistible charm, still serve as an inspiration for a whole generation of new designers, making Lanvin the oldest French fashion house still in business in the world. “I think we have managed to create an exhibition around the dream of fashion,” said Alber Elbaz. “What I am hoping for is to hear the visitors say, ‘I love Jeanne Lanvin.’”