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Evening dress
  • Evening dress
    Lanvin, Jeanne, born 1867 - died 1946
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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lanvin, Jeanne, born 1867 - died 1946 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin, machine-sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs I. L. Martin

  • Museum number:

    T.340-1965

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dress, designed by Jeanne Lanvin, is made of purple satin, cut on the bias of the fabric. It is sleeveless and has a low cut rectangular neckline. The back of the dress is cut into a point, attached to the back of the collar and showing two triangles of naked flesh. A huge collar based on a rectangular form is made of triangles and squares. The collar is covered with narrow parallel rows of stitching which reinforce the fabric and allow the collar to keep its shape. Lanvin broke the long line of the dress by attaching two ribbons, equally covered with stitches, at either sides of the waist. The ribbons, once fastened, emphasise the waist, a new and important feature of 1930s fashion. By using one single, very strong colour in this dress, Lanvin achieved the simple, yet sculptural look of the 'classical' fashion of the period.

Satin became popular in the 1920s when it was increasingly used for costumes in the silent cinema for its evocative character and the way it attracted the light. In Hollywood cinema, satin became the emblematic fabric of the 1930s Art Deco evening dresses and was mostly used in monochrome colours.

Physical description

Full-length evening dress made of purple satin and cut in the bias of the fabric. Sleeveless and with a low cut rectangular neckline. The back of the dress is cut into a point and would show two triangles of naked flesh. At waist level, the dress shows a diamond-shaped piece of satin on each side of the body allowing the fabric to cling to the waist. The huge collar is based on a rectangular form, and is made of triangles and squares. The collar is covered with narrow parallel rows of stitching. Two ribbons, equally covered with stitches, are attached at either sides of the waist. Slight train. Machine-sewn.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1935 (made)

Artist/maker

Lanvin, Jeanne, born 1867 - died 1946 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Satin, machine-sewn

Marks and inscriptions

'Jeanne Lanvin, Paris' and 'unis France' [within a diamond]
On a label stitched near the foot of one of the side seams

'Hiver 1935'
Stamped on the label

'47218'
On the label, written in pencil

Descriptive line

Full-length evening dress made of satin, designed by Jeanne Lanvin, Paris, 1935

Production Note

Winter 1935

Materials

Satin

Techniques

Machine sewing

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes; Textiles

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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