So we have all drooled at Lanvin‘s Spring 2010 collection, right? I personally believe that Alber Elbaz (my little fashion munchkin) is the most talented designer working today. But before I post my blog entry on the extraordinary Alber Elbaz, I thought it would be useful to take a look back at the beginnings of the House of Lanvin.

Jeanne Lanvin does not always receive the credit she deserves for being one the first women to shake up the fashion world. Founded in 1889, Lanvin is the oldest Parisian fashion house.

Jeanne Lanvin in 1938

Jeanne began making dresses for her daughter Marguerite. These intricate dresses quickly catapulted into must-have garments for the Parisian elite. Soon, Lanvin was commissioned to create dresses for girl’s mothers. She became known for her mother-and-daughter outfits and exquisite robes de style.

sketch from 1919 by Jeanne Lanvin

Her modern silhouettes and intricate detailing is, in my opinion, still unmatched in the world of couture. Her designs are truly timeless.

Jeanne Lanvin, Dress, 1924

Jeanne Lanvin, Dress, 1920-1925

Jeanne Lanvin, Dress, 1924-1925

Jeanne Lanvin, Dress, 1926

Jeanne Lanvin, Dress, 1926-1927

Jeanne Lanvin, Coat, 1927

Jeanne Lanvin, Dress, 1927

Jeanne Lanvin, Dress, 1930

Jeanne Lanvin, Ensamble, 1937-1938

Jeanne Lanvin, Fusee, 1938

Jeanne Lanvin, Cyclone, 1939

Further reading:

Lanvin by Dean Merceron.

All images courtesy of Metropolitan Museum of Art.