Evening coat

Design House House of Lanvin French
Designer Jeanne Lanvin French

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From among the many strengths of Jeanne Lanvin, it is her discriminating sensibility for linear decoration that made her one of the most important designers of the 1920s and 1930s. Her starburst and radiant designs were sui generis, though they evoked the Art Deco style. As fashion historian Caroline Rennolds Milbank described her, "She seldom used patterned fabrics, preferring to work with appliqués and embroideries. Beginning in the teens, she experimented with the modern look of machine parallel stitching and, by the thirties, was using lamé and satin worked in parallel stitch and in honeycomb quilting to form shoulder 'wings,' belts, and bibs on otherwise simple columnar evening gowns."

Evening coat, House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889), cotton, wool, French

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