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Jeanne Lanvin

Finally – a new Designer Day! Today’s main character is the fabulous French fashion designer Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (1867-1946). You have probably heard a lot of talk about Lanvin for the past week, since the fashion house has been making a collection for H&M which premiered last week. And it was glorious.

Jeanne Lanvin founded the fashion house of Lanvin in the early 1920s, and was for the coming two decades one of the most influential designer of the day. She created a Lanvin trademark of intricate trimmings, outstanding embroideries and decorations in clean, floral colors.

When Mrs. Lanvin died in 1946, her daughter, Marguerite di Pietro –  best known as Marie-Blanche – took over as head of the fashion house.

You know how her career started, though? She made clothes for her daughter, which attracted the attention of the wealthy mothers of Paris. Soon they wanted her to make clothes for their daughters as well, and then, for themselves. Oh yes, one of today’s greatest fashion houses started out with a mother sewing for her kid. That gives me hope.

Today, Lanvin is the oldest fashion house still in operation, and I’m happy to say it looks like it will still be with us for many years to come. Alber Elbaz has been the artistic director for the house since 2001, and has brought in many personal touches, such as the forget me not flower color.

Ah, don’t you just love dresses?

I know I do. Love, Hanna

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