Evening ensemble

Design House: House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889)

Designer: Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867–1946)

Date: ca. 1934

Culture: French

Medium: silk, metal

Credit Line: Gift of Miriam W. Coletti, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.423.1a, b


Lanvin's evening bolero resembles the tubular construction of the kimono and its sleeves. However, Lanvin modifies her simulation by radically cropping the kimono's parts. The three-diamond shape (the diamonds are superimposed on one another) composed of metal plaques is an allusion to the mon, a Japanese clan insignia.