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Jeanne Lanvin was a premier couturier in Paris during the interwar years.  Her gowns were loved for their incredible femininity, modernity, and luxurious attention to detail.  She drew inspiration from all eras; from Medieval robes, to Japanese kimono, to Classical drapery.  Her fashion house continues to thrive today under the creative leadership of Alber Elbaz.

Throughout the 1920s, Jeanne Lanvin revisited one particular silhouette again and again: the robe de style.  Its form was simple; a semi-fitted bodice, dropped waistline, and full, ankle length skirt.  It was meant for afternoon teas, and tango dancing in the park; a kind of a cocktail, semi-formal ensemble. Lanvin made hundreds of variations on the robe de style; each one possesses its own unique charm.  Today, Lanvin's robes de style are highly collectable, and found in major costume institutes around the globe. Here are five special ones for your pleasure...

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