Jeanne Lanvin: Fashion Pioneer
teNeues Verlag, 2023
Jeanne Lanvin was ahead of her time. The French fashion visionary and resourceful businesswoman from a poor background not only created the first designer fashion line for children – this was colourful and full of lightness at a time when children were still dressed like adults – the first tailored men’s collection and the first unisex eau de toilette, she also founded the longest-running fashion company in the world. At times, this employed over 1000 people and included women’s, children’s and men’s fashion, accessories, fragrances, furnishing textiles and decorative objects, and even its own paint factory. The self-taught Lanvin started out as a milliner with her own boutique and managed to become one of the greatest fashion designers of the 20th century with creative energy and inventiveness. She created Art Deco costumes for theatre and film productions, developed the legendary perfume Arpège and a special Lanvin blue based on the shade Fra Angelico blue. Jeanne Lanvin – Fashion Pioneer is dedicated to the extraordinary life and work of this exceptional designer in this richly illustrated coffee table book.