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Woman's Afternoon Dress

Designed by Jeanne Lanvin, French, 1867 - 1946

Made in Paris, France, Europe

Summer 1916

Beige silk georgette, artificial flowers, crystal beading, silk ribbon

Center Front Length: 48 inches (121.9 cm) Waist: 27 inches (68.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of an anonymous donor, 1964

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Jeanne Lanvin, who apprenticed as a milliner, opened her couture house in 1909. Her trademark youthful, feminine style was originally inspired by the dresses she created for her young daughter. Lanvin's gowns for 1916 were mostly one-piece, such as this dress with its waist marked by the designer's signature: a small rose bouquet (front) and a childlike bit of looped ribbon (back). The prevailing fashion of the period featured hip draperies based on the panniered silhouettes of the eighteenth century. Lanvin's version incorporates a hoop skirt flattened at front and back, which gave the wearer a doll-like appearance and would have been ideal attire for a young woman. During the 1920s, Lanvin elaborated on this silhouette, which became known as the robe de style.