Taken at Vogue magazine’s camera studio by fashion photographer George Hoyningen-Huene, a model poses in a Jeanne Lanvin haute couture evening gown, set against a custom designed Jean-Michel Frank minimalist interior background.
Jean-Michel Frank (1895 – 1941) was a French interior designer known for minimalist interiors decorated with plain-lined but sumptuous furniture made of luxury materials, such as shagreen, mica, and intricate straw marquetry.
Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (1867 -1946) was a French haute couture fashion designer. Known being the founder of the Lanvin fashion house and the beauty and perfume company Lanvin Perfums. A hard worker, Jeanne Lanvin began her career as a milliner’s (‘hatmaking’) apprenticeship and proved to be quite creative. The hats created by Mademoiselle Jeanne were met with great success, encouraging Jeanne to open her own shop in Paris. On August 31, 1897, Jeanne Lanvin gave birth to her only child Marguerite. A tightly-bound relationship formed between Jeanne and her daughter, and from that bond one of the most famous French fashion houses was born. Marguerite became her muse and Jeanne would use luxurious fabrics to design her daughter the wardrobe of every little girl’s dreams. Jeanne Lanvin was a pioneer in many fields, a jack of all trades type. The designer developed the brand’s business by regularly opening new departments in order to meet the needs of an evolving society. Over time she launched a department from everything to hats, children’s clothing, young ladies’ and women’s collections, furs, lingerie, wedding gowns, sports attire, men’s collections, perfumes, and even decor. In fact she was the first to launch a children’s fashion line in 1908, the first to offer a made-to measure men’s collection in 1926, and even the first to create a mixed eau de toilette in 1933. After Jeanne Lanvin passed away, her daughter Marie-Blanche became president of the company and continued to design collections until 1950. Several designers succeeded her with the ambition of keeping the brand’s expertise, state of mind, and excellence intact. Talented figures such as Claude Montana, Dominique Morlotti, and Alber Elbaz have helped assure that Lanvin’s style lasts throughout the ages, making Lanvin the oldest French fashion house in operation.