Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867–1946)
Silver lamé with black fox trim
Gift of Mrs. Leon L. Roos, 1966 (C.I.66.58.1)
By the 1930s, the sleek silhouette of the cheongsam had come to represent a moderne Orientalism. But the fantasy of Genghis Khan and his Mongol warriors and the feudal extravagance of the Qing court under Cixi, the last dowager empress, provided opportunities for more dramatic manifestations of a Chinese style.