Evening jacket

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

Designer: Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867–1946)

Date: 1936–37

Culture: French

Medium: silk, metallic thread, fur

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Leon L. Roos, 1966

Accession Number: C.I.66.58.1


This evening jacket of silver lamé with black satin, trimmed with black fox collar and cuffs may be viewed as an elaborate couture interpretation of the fantasy of Genghis Khan and his Mongol warriors and the feudal extravagance of the Qing court under Cixi, the last dowager empress. It was a most dramatic manifestation of fashionable exoticism in 1930s Paris.