the apartment of Jeanne Lanvin at the museum of decorative arts
122, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré...the mythical address of the House of Lanvin, symbole of femininity and elegance, is today teaching its well known prestige to the whole world. Jeanne Lanvin, visionary, is also an exceptional woman ! Born in 1867 to a poor family, she decided during her childhood to change her destiny towards the fashion world. Fashionista at 16 years old, she was passionated by hats. She quickly opened her own studio in 1925, she emploie already more than 800 coururières. In 1897, her only daughter was born : Marguerite. She became her muse, her passion. To celebrate Marguerite’s thirtieth birthday, Jeanne create the perfume Arpège : “A musical perfume that murmurs a happy song” (Louise de Villmorin).
This visit of the apartment proposes you to discover a less known side of its creator : her taste for interior decorating. Jeanne bought this ancient mansion from the Marquess Arconati-Visconti, on 16 rue Barbet-de-Jouy in 1920. She created a reception wing and its rooms (entrance hall, library, gallery, dining room) were arranged by the decorator Armand-Albert Rateau from 1921 to 1924. Rateau generated a unique style from his interpretations of antique art and animalistic references. These three rooms (bathroom, bedroom and boudoir) which he decorated from 1924-1925 of Jeanne Lanvin's apartment, the famous designer, illustrate a very personal touch of luxury with furniture in bronze and antique patine, in oak or gilded wood. We will discover the taste of the designer for decoration, also her personal life and her most beautiful designs of haute-couture...
This visit can be followed by the discovery of the collections of "art deco" at the Museum of Decorative Arts. These pieces of furniture arranged in the rooms illustrate the passage from art nouveau to art deco around 1910, at the moment when the last designers of the previous style, the "builders" such as Léon Jallot, Eugène Gaillard stood alongside the members of a new version of decorative arts. Among these innovators who foretold the art deco style had two sides two tendances : the decorators, who wanted to return to traditional styles, such as Paul Iribe and Paul Follot, and the members of color such as Clément Rousseau, Clément Mère, André Mare and Louis Süe who foreshadowed the rich materials of art deco with the use of shagreen, dyed leather, laquer and painted wood.