Haute Couture Velvet Under-dress

Title

Haute Couture Velvet Under-dress

Description

This bright pink under-dress in the loose-fitting
Flapper style of the 1920s bears the unique label of
French designer Jeanne Lanvin. The label not only
dates the dress line, but most importantly, it also
illustrates Lanvin’s inspiration—her daughter. Jeanne
Lanvin (1867–1946) opened a millinery shop in
Paris in 1890, and in 1897 the birth of her daughter
Marguerite turned her world upside down. Lanvin’s
little Marguerite became her muse, and for her, Lanvin
designed a luxurious wardrobe of a little girl’s dreams.
The elegant Marguerite was quickly noticed by her
friends’ mothers, who in turn became customers of the
Lanvin fashion house. “By first dazzling her daughter,
little by little, she will dazzle the world,” wrote
contemporary journalist Louise de Vilmorin.

Creator

Jeanne Lanvin

Date

1924

Contributor

Barbara Bartlett

Rights

Fairfield Museum and History Center

Identifier

2018.20.0AB

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