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Robe de Style

Design House:
House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889)
Designer:
Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867–1946)
Date:
spring/summer 1924
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metallic thread, glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Albert Spalding, 1962
Accession Number:
C.I.62.58.1
Not on view
Chinoiserie roundels that intimate the most elaborate past of the Chinese court, alternately resembling embroidered Manchu court badge motifs or the glinting scales of Mongol armor interpreted in Western embroidery, animate a robe de style by Lanvin. Dabbling with the ambience of historicisms, heavy with paillettes and beads, Lanvin also introduces a play with gravity, mingling the apparently heavy and weightless. A folded layer of ivory silk tulle that has been corded with silver metallic thread suggests the rainbow hem of a Manchu robe.
Marking: [label] "Jeanne Lanvin - Paris/Ete 1924 - #68591/Unis France - 15-7"
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