Take a Peek: Palais Galliera Features the Jeanne Lanvin Exhibition

“I think we have managed to create an exhibition around the dream of fashion.what i am hoping for is to hear the visitors say ‘i love Jeanne lanvin.’”

– Alber Elbaz, creative director of Lanvin

In the fashion industry there is A LOT of white noise, brands coming and going so often it’s almost hard to dane what’s actually worth paying attention to. However, on the opposite end, there are those ‘houses’ that have been around for decades and are so influential and inspiring they’re a piece of the backbone to the industry itself. Lanvin is that type of house.

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The oldest French fashion house still operating in the world is being celebrated by The Palais Galliera in a special dedicated exhibition to Jeanne Lanvin, a staple in the world of haute couture. As skillful and hard working as she was inventive, Jeanne Lanvin started her career as a milliner before expanding into creating the world of Lanvin that we know it to be today. A quick progression took Lanvin from a simple milliner to producing a children’s line (thanks to the inspiration provided by the birth of her daughter – who would forever remain her muse), to Young Ladies’ and Women’s, bridal, lingerie, furs, interiors, sports and mens all in the span of a little over 10 years.


Collaborating with Alber Elbaz, the creative director of the Lanvin, The Palais Galliera and Swarovski have put together a retrospective blending the life and work of this exceptionally talented woman. This celebration showcases the 125 years of fashion that Lanvin has bestowed upon all of us in many forms of media. There are photographs, books, travel diaries and illustrations to over 100 examples of Lanvin Heritage’s designs, swatches and inspiration. Having just opened its’ doors on March 8th, if you find yourself in the city of lights you can fall into the wonderland world of Jeanne Lanvin until August 23rd.

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for OliviaPalermo.com. She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m