In August 2015, the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, put on an exhibition honouring Jeanne Lanvin(1867-1946), the inspirational couturière who opened her first shop in Paris in1893. It was beautifully curated and included over a hundred garments and artefacts from the Galleria’s collection and the Lanvin Heritage.
From an early age I had a bit of a connection to Lanvin as I was intrigued by my mother’s bottle of Arpège and especially attracted to the wonderful Lanvin logo designed for Jeanne by Paul Iribe. I love that it still graces many Lanvin products today as I think it is a gorgeous design which honours the relationship Jeanne had with her daughter Marguerite. Lanvin is the oldest Paris couture house still in business today and now has a woman at its helm once again! In March of this year, Bouchra Jarrar, replaced Alber Elbaz as Artistic Director and according to Suzy Menks, it was “a deserved reward for a designer who has built her success on liberty, egality, and female fraternity”