Meet Jeanne Lanvin

Rare footage of the house founder

The house of Lanvin is well known and loved for its feminine, celebratory and uber-luxe cocktail dresses and show-stopping baubles. It’s become synonymous with its loveable Moroccan creative director, Alber Elbaz, but the original designer and founder of the house, Jeanne Lanvin was just as important a figure in the fashion world in her time.

These exclusive, recently discovered images of Jeanne Lanvin provide a glimpse into the last-minute preparations for a collection in the designer’s heyday. Inside 22 Faubourg Saint Honoré, the ever-fashionable Paris address, Jeanne is captured making the final adjustments to models ahead of the launch of her ‘Sorbier’, ‘Tubéreuse’ or ‘Azalée’ eveningwear designs.

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Moving images of Jeanne Lanvin who lived from 1867 to 1946 are extremely rare – this one has only cropped up thanks to the digitalisation of cinematic archives by companies such as INA or Gaumont-Pathé – and they provide a mini portal back into a bygone era.

See the Lanvin spring summer 2013 catwalk show here

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