Jeanne Lanvin – First Paris Retrospective

Jeanne Lanvin exhibition poster along rue Saint-SabinVisit the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition at Palais Galliera in person (until August 23) or virtually (download the App). Lanvin is the oldest French fashion house still in business. This exhibit is displaying over one hundred examples of dresses, hats, belts, coats, drawings, etc. I was fascinated by the quilting, tromp l’oeil effects and bolero tops, the swatches with embroidery, beaded and sequined designs. The App  took a while to adapt to. The App symbol on the display card did not always correspond with the photo. With patience I figured out the best way for me to get around. It is really worth the time to visit this exhibit and to use the App at the exhibit and refer back to it later.

Jeanne Lanvin used her travel diaries, swatches of ethnic fabrics and art books as inspiration to create fabrics, patterns and exclusive colors. Her personal involvement in the designs covered a true style evolution from her start as a milliner in 1885 through the bulk and hemline changes of the 1910s and 1920s, into the Art Deco of the 30s. She was original in her use of tubular crystals and beads and trompe l’oeil, not only in her jewelry but the patterns on clothing as well. Her designs were exotic and everyday, exquisite and historical, glittery and romantic.
In case the documents are taken off line, you can access on Colleen’s Paris the Jeanne Lanvin Press Release and the description of the entire Jeanne Lanvin Galliera exhibition description.

What’s in the Exhibition App
The mobile App ‘Jeanne Lanvin’ app is available in English for free on Apple Store & Play Store and can be downloaded in the museum foyer (they have WiFi, which is how I downloaded the App).

About the App from the Galliera website
Users have access to audio and video content, texts and more than two hundred archive images from the Lanvin and Palais Galliera collections. The application presents drawings from Maison Lanvin, clothing and accessories, videos, photographs of the dresses, archive images, design registrations, invitation cards, posters, extracts from magazines and fabric samples to illustrate the themes and clothes and to draw links with other creations both within and outside the exhibition.

Palais Galliera, City of Paris Fashion Museum
10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie 75116 Paris
Opening times :
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Late openings on Thursdays until 9 pm
Closed on Mondays and public holidays*
Ticket offices close 45 minutes before closing time.

Métro 9 (Iéna ou Alma-Marceau), Métro 6 (Boissière)
RER C (Pont de l’Alma)
Bus 32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 82, 92

Jeanne Lanvin & the Palais Galliera on the social networks :
Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!
#JeanneLanvin is the official hashtag of the exhibition. l @PalaisGalliera