More abstractly, fragments of histories are embedded in other garments - a wool gazar back with shapely princess seams, an inset of velvet defining a waist like a mirage of another garment. Insides are unlined, exposed, in celebration of the beauty of couture. Crafting clothing, and crafting image alike.
Jeanne Lanvin herself time-travelled through the history of fashion - her robes de style borrowed volumes from the 18th century, re-engineered for modern women. Another illusion - they offered weightless volume, floating around women. For Fall/Winter 2022, that silhouette and ideology is revisited - fragile and silk laces dresses bubble with volume around the body, voluminous and voluptuous yet weightless, recalling the silhouette of Lanvin’s signature flower, the Marguerite, sometimes traced in caviar beads across its surface. Other dresses are illusory, suspended from tulle, levitating around the body with drapes of silk and velvet, drawn from original Lanvin pieces spanning the history of the house, back to 1889, but collaged together, to become new.
Illusions and imaginations of the past, projections and predictions of a future. All are anchored, here, in the unmistakable language and legacy of a Parisian couture house.