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8th March to 23rd August 2015 the Palais Galliera, in close collaboration with Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin, and with the support of Swarovski is honouring the oldest French fashion house still in business. This first Paris exhibition devoted to Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) features over a hundred models from the amazing collections of the Palais Galliera and the Lanvin Heritage.

Mademoiselle Jeanne began her career as a milliner in 1885. In 1889 she opened a shop “Lanvin (Melle Jeanne) Modes” at 16 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, then in 1893 acquired her premises at 22 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. In 1897 she gave birth to her only daughter, Marguerite, who became her primary source of inspiration. In 1908, Jeanne Lanvin hit upon the new idea of children’s clothes. The following year, she opened the Young Ladies’ and Women’s department. That same year she joined Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, the designers’ union, and entered the closed world of Paris fashion houses. There followed a brides’ department, departments for lingerie and furs and, in the early 1920s, interior decoration and sport. In 1926 the entrepreneurial designer launched into men’s fashion. She also opened shops in Deauville, Biarritz, Barcelona, Buenos-Aires, Cannes and Le Touquet… Inspired by the intense blue in frescoes by Fra Beato Angelico, that same quattrocento blue became her favourite colour… In 1927, she celebrated her daughter Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday with the creation of the legendary perfume Arpège. The famous logo designed by Paul Iribe, depicting the couturière with Marguerite, is displayed on the round bottle created by Armand Rateau. The same logo is still featured on Lanvin creations to this day.

Jeanne Lanvin used travel diaries, swatches of ethnic fabrics and a vast library of art books to feed her curiosity and inspire her to create fabrics, patterns and exclusive colours. Jeanne Lanvin represents artistry in materials, embroidery, topstitches, cut-outs – all the virtuosity of the couturière’s craft. It is classical french perfection, with very VIII-th century style dresses – slender bust, low waist, ample skirt – contrasting with the tubular line of Art Deco with its black and white geometrical patterns, the profusion of ribbons, cristals, beads, and silk tassels. A capacity for hard work and an intuitive understanding of the modern world only partly explain the extraordinary success of this discreet woman.

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented : “We are honoured to partner with the Palais Galliera in supporting the first retrospective dedicated to Jeanne Lanvin, one of the greatest figures of Parisian haute couture. Swarovski was founded in 1895, just six years after Mme Lanvin established her house, and she used crystals to adorn the luxuriously embellished evening gowns which became her trademark. This inspiring exhibition pays tribute to the skill, inventiveness and creativity of a great artist who captured and expressed the spirit of her time, and celebrates over 125 years of extraordinary fashion heritage which continues to thrive under Alber Elbaz.”

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“Destroy one flaw in yourself, and ten others will disappear by their own.”

Evelina Khromtchenko

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The most renowned watchmaker-jewelers, whose finely crafted precious collections are adored by connoisseurs around the world, has chosen American actress Jessica Chastain as the new Ambassador of the brand.

As commented CEO of Piaget, Philippe Léopold-Metzger, Jessica reflects the aesthetic of Piaget and shows the brand concept of the modern woman’s look: from her audacious acting career choices to her unrelenting passion for perfection.

Jessica Chastain noted that it is a great honor to be in partnership with such a brand.

As the international Piaget brand ambassador, Jessica Chastain will make appearances at events around the world, adding pieces from Piaget’s jewelry collections to her distinctive looks. Considering the company’s motto “Always do better than necessary“ we can be sure that Jessica will perfectly make it.

Ask Evelina

Q “Please tell about the most important features of style which Ines de la Fressange proposes to everybody in her beautiful book Paris style.” Olga L., Ufa


A Ines de la Fressange answers Olga’s question in her interview with Evelina Khromtchenko


Q “Please tell about the most important features of style which Ines de la Fressange proposes to everybody in her beautiful book Paris style.” Olga L., Ufa


A Ines de la Fressange answers Olga’s question in her interview with Evelina Khromtchenko

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