Jeanne-Marie Lanvin (1 January 1867, Paris – 6 July 1946 Paris) was a French fashion designer and the founder of the Lanvin fashion house. When Lanvin died in 1946, ownership of the firm was naturally ceded to the designer’s daughter, Marguerite di Pietro.
In 1909, Lanvin joined the Syndicat de la Couture, which marked her formal status as a couturière.
Lanvin made such beautiful clothes for her daughter that they began to attract the attention of a number of wealthy people who requested copies for their own children. Soon, Lanvin was making dresses for their mothers, and some of the most famous names in Europe were included in the clientele of her new boutique on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris.
She became known for her mother-and-daughter outfits and exquisite robes de style, as well as her modern and global approach to the fashion industry.
Alber Elbaz has been artistic director of Lanvin Paris since 2001. Alber Elbaz is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative fashion designers, with Time Magazine including him in their annual “100 most influential people in the world” list this 2007.
Lanvin’s lines are seen in all the luxury markets of Europe, the Far East, the Middle East and the USA. Lanvin fragrances, ties and eyewear are the world over. Worn by Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss, Chloé Sevigny, Sofia Coppola