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Evening dress

House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889)

Designer:
Marie-Blanche di Pietro (French, 1897–1958)
Date:
fall/winter 1948–49
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, rhinestones
Dimensions:
Length at CB: 47 in. (119.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Ian B. MacDonald, 1965
Accession Number:
2009.300.358
  • Description

    Marie-Blanche di Pietro began designing for the House of Lanvin when her mother, Jeanne Lanvin, died in 1946. Although she only designed for the couture branch for four years before hiring Antonio Canovas del Castillo, she quickly carried the elegance that her mother had laid out for the company since its inception. The visual appeal of this particular evening dress comes from the symmetry being created between the flared shoulder straps and hem. In addition the complex construction used to create the gathered bodice and knotting drapery at the back is flawlessly executed and indicative of the quality of the House of Lanvin. Marie-Blanche was photographed wearing three rhinestone bow brooches similar to the ones on this garment around 1950 making it one of her signature styles.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Label: "Jeanne Lanvin/Paris/Hiver 1948-49/1881"

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