Although I spend most of my time in Paris eating obscene amounts of food, visiting museums and exploring the arrondissements, I actually do go to school as well. I’m currently taking 3 classes, one of which is entitled “les français et la mode.” This translates to “the French and their fashion” and we spend our time learning about the most grand couturiers that the world has ever seen and the influence that fashion has had on French culture. This week we took a break from the classroom and visited the Jeanne Lanvin exhibition to learn about one of the most talented women the fashion world has ever known.
The exposition was created by current Alber Elbaz, the current creative director of Lanvin, and it is set in the beautiful Palais Galliera. Elbaz used mirrors to create reflections of the pieces in order to change the perspective that one will look at the clothing in order to make it seen from the perfect angle. Unfortunately, it was prohibited to take photos, but being the sneaky and dedicated blogger that I am, I managed to snap a couple.
Because we were attending the exhibition as a class, we had to complete a pretty extensive worksheet that covered all things Lanvin. At first I was a little bit frustrated that I had to spend my time completing five pages of classwork while at this beautiful exhibition, but ultimately it worked out in my favor because I learned so much about Jeanne Lanvin and where she drew her inspiration from.
Image credited to The Guardian
Above is a drawing of the famous Cavallini dress, a navy ball gown with a giant crystal bow embroidered onto it. The bow serves as one of Lanvin’s signatures, because the bow serves as a symbol of the bond that ties her and her daughter, Marguerite, together. This was my favorite thing that I learned at the exhibition, because I think it is so beautiful that Jeanne Lanvin’s love for her daughter is what inspired one of her most iconic gowns.
Overall, this field trip has hands down been my favorite day in fashion class. We also learned that we will be visiting “Fashion Mix” in May, which is another exposition at Palais Galliera that shows how foreign designers have made an impact on the French fashion scene, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that post. The Jeanne Lanvin exhibition runs until August 23rd, so if you will be in Paris anytime before then and have any sort of interest in fashion I highly recommend going!