The Palais Galliera: Musèe de la Mode, De La Ville de Paris
is a museum devoted to the exhibition and study of
French fashion and costume- dating from the
eighteenth century to contemporary design.
(image from victorhugohotel.com):
The Palais Galliera
Located in the fashionable 16th arrondissement of Paris, France
the Palais Galliera only presents temporary exhibitions.
It is closed to the public during the interim period between exhibition dates.
These closures are due to conservation concerns
over the delicate garments on display.
The Palais Galliera is set to re-open in March, 2015
with a much anticipated retrospective show
on the work of couturière Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (1867 – 1946).
Mme. Lanvin started her fashion house in 1890,
which in 2015 will celebrate its 125th anniversary.
Mme. Jeanne-Marie Lanvin
Mme. Lanvin started her career in 1889 as a milliner.
A year later, she established The House of Lanvin
and oversaw its operation for over fifty years.
House of Lanvin holds the distinction as the oldest fashion house in the world.
(image from hprints):
(r) a Jeanne Lanvin hat creation (1933)
(image from shrimptoncouture.com)
(l) photo of Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter, Marguerite
(r) House of Lanvin logo, which was inspired
by the photo of the designer and her daughter.
Marguerite would later take over the helm of the House of Lanvin.
Mme. Lanvin was a creative force and an astute business woman.
Her incredible drive speaks to the successful longevity of her career
and the permanence of the fashion empire she built.
Starting with women’s fashion, she quickly expanded into
design of clothing for men and children.
She also extended a creative hand into furniture design .
(image from hprints):
Young lady’s day dress (1917)
ladies’ evening dress (1928)
Mme. Lanvin is recognised as one of the first designers
to show every season, presenting more than 200 looks
for each. The extent of her prolificacy is astounding.
Mme. Lanvin drew inspiration from aspects of art
and elements of other cultures-
creating pieces with the precision of perfection expected of a master couturière.
by Jeanne Lanvin
(images from harpersbazaar, luxurydaily, national post):
Dress to Impress
House of Lanvin
(image from vam.ac.uk):
silk chiffon, kid leather, gilded,
cream coloured evening dress (1936)
silk chiffon long sleeve evening dress
wide collared velvet jacket (1935)
(image from imamuseum.org):
silver lamè, full-length purple dress (Winter, 1922/23)
(image from metmuseum.org):
silk taffeta black dress
bolero with red lining and metal applique
in a kimono inspired silhouette
black silk, full length skirt
gold lamè, fur trimmed ‘Genghis Khan’ jacket (1936)
The Cyclone Dress
two-tiered taffeta dress in steel grey
gold halter/bodice top
In celebration of her daughter’s Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday (1927),
Mme. Lanvin introduced her fragrance Arpège.
By diversifying her business/creative endeavors:
clothing/furniture design, perfumery-
Mme. Lanvin was certainly ahead of her time.
She was a woman of many talents.
(image from vogue.it):
An original Arpegè perfume bottle
with the Lanvin mother/daughter logo
Until the 1990s, House of Lanvin was under family control.
Today, designer Alber Elbaz serves as creative director;
a position he has held for the past thirteen years.
(image from tatler.com):
M. Alber Elbaz
Creative Director, Lanvin
M. Elbaz closely collaborated on the exhibition with Olivier Saillard,
who is Curator of the Lanvin retrospective and Director of the Palais Galliera.
The show will feature over one hundred pieces from the Lanvin archives.
For future details on this upcoming exhibition, visit: