Robe de Style

Design House House of Lanvin French
Designer Jeanne Lanvin French

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Lanvin possessed one of the most cultured imaginations in early twentieth-century design. She studied Far Eastern and Middle Eastern dress and textiles; she understood and led the exploration for avant-garde cylindrical design; and she never forgot the panniered silhouette of the eighteenth century that became the robe de style. Historicist in limiting the dilation to the sides of her creations and maintaining a flat broadened front and back, the old and new silhouette was for Lanvin another vision of flatness, establishing dress on the plane. The two-dimensional plane was irresistible for another Lanvin specialty: embroidery.

Robe de Style, House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889), silk, metal, glass, French

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