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1920s robe de style



#2814 $1,450   Reserved

Appliquéd robe de style dress, c.1924

An authentic robe de style is quite rare. With the original built-in panniers (side hoops), this exemplary piece from legendary couturier Jeanne Lanvin is a fantastic value. The full skirted robe de style dress was her signature look. The fashion illustration shows a Lanvin robe de style of black organza, c.1923-1924.

Made from luxe maize-hued velvet, our elegant dress slips on without closures. The neckline and hem are accented with folded-back scallops of lime green satin. Made from silks and silk ribbons, the exuberant floral appliqués are of the last degree of charm.

An ombré pastel ribbon forms a swag on the front skirt below the last bodice flower. The bodice is low waisted; the full skirt is gathered with rows of ruching at the top.

As an alternative to the straight-cut chemise dress, the robe de style—characterized by the full skirt—was one of Lanvin's most inspired concepts. Callot Soeurs and Lucile soon copied Lanvin's innovation. Indeed, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Lanvin's robe de style hearkened back to 18th century Court dress, where panniers were routinely worn whether at the Court of Versailles or in other fashionable settings. In the 1920s the fashion forward eagerly took up the robe de style partly due to the great prestige of Jeanne Lanvin.

Another factor was undoubtedly a (sub)conscious rejection of the "ultra-modern" look, e.g., the flapper dress. When an antique style vanishes, there often survives an attachment to the old things that the style once animated, as if the divine spark resided in those old things, rather than in ourselves.

The condition is almost excellent. The dress was taken in and let back out at the bodice side seams, leaving faint marks. On the skirt front is another faint stain, which luckily gets lost in the fullness. These minor flaws, not easily apparent when the dress is worn or displayed, are reflected in the price.

It measures: 34" bust, 31" waist, and 46" from shoulder to hem.

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