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Archive Lanvin film reveals founder at work in atelier


Lanvin has released another video of its founder Jeanne Lanvin, this time at work supervising fittings and making final adjustments on her collection before its unveiling to the press.

The historical, recently-discovered footage shows the designer, who lived from 1867 to 1946, busy with the last-minute preparations at 22 Faubourg Saint Honoré, which remains the flagship store of the brand today.

A beautiful glimpse into fashion history, it documents the launch of her “Sorbier”, “Tubéreuse” and “Azalée” eveningwear designs. It also provides a look inside her office. “This is not just a dressmaking studio; it is a veritable cabinet of curiosities furnished by the famous Eugène Printz and houses her fabric library,” read the notes.

The notes also suggest films resurfacing from the founder’s era such as this one are “thanks to the digitalisation of cinematic archives by companies such as INA or Gaumont-Pathé”.

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Lanvin unveils 1916 film of founder

Lanvin has released exclusive footage dating back to 1916 of founder Jeanne Lanvin with her younger sister Marie-Alix and her daughter Marguerite.

The recently-discovered film sequence is set at the late designer’s house in Le Vésinet, a popular retreat at the time outside of Paris. In it the trio are seen walking through the extensive springtime gardens.

“We see another side to Jeanne Lanvin—a smiling woman and a loving mother to her daughter. A brief, tender moment of togetherness, far from the bustling Faubourg Saint Honoré,” reads the accompanying text.

Watch the film, here: