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Books we love: Lanvin

If you love exquisite details, you should look no further than the work of Jeanne Lanvin. This beautiful book covers the last one hundred plus years of the design house, from early examples of childrenswear to modern couture.

These are some of my favorite images from the book.

Robe de style in apple green silk taffeta with self-fabric cocotte detail

Ivory satin wedding dress of Marguerite Marie-Blanche in the chemise frock style

Floor length silk dress with kimono-inspired sleeveless jacket with trapunto detail

Black taffeta dress with Chinese-inspired embroidery of silver metallic sequins and chainstitch

Gown in white silk chiffon appliquéd with gold kidskin, inspired by the angels of Fra Angelico

Roseraie with ribbon work and tulle

Jolibois blue silk taffeta Robe de style with chenille embroidery

Coral silk chiffon cording detail

A WWII era suit demonstrating ingenuity with self-fabric details and a herringbone pattern that is stitched into the fabric!

Organdy dress with self-fabric flowers hand tinted in shades of pink

Black organdy dress appliquéd with white inverted triangles

If you’re looking for inspiration for incredible details to add to your garments, I highly recommend browsing through this book. These images give just a small taste of the beauty you’ll find.

Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.



July 14, 2017 #

How delicious! I wandered through these pics with my mouth open – you’re so right! What inspiration!

Cheryl Hillman

July 14, 2017 #

None of those garments would suit my life style, but they are lovely.

Julie TD

July 15, 2017 #

Wow! Those beautiful details are so humbling to a home dressmaker but so inspiring at the same time! I really enjoy your posts thanks.

Anna Sew

July 17, 2017 #

Thanks so much, just love this piece, very inspirational!


July 17, 2017 #

Wow! The ideas and possibilities are endless! Love these inspirations!