KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.

Evening Dress

© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Taishi Hirokawa

You can enlarge by putting the mouse cursor on the image.

Evening Dress

Summer 1934

Jeanne Lanvin
Jeanne Lanvin PARIS
Black plain linen; plaid pattern with paillette embroidery; underdress of crepe de Chine.
Inventory Number(s)
AC7583 92-17-17

The dress of mermaid line, made of thin and soft organdy, represents Lanvin's elegant technique which enables her to give an impression of lightness in spite of the long train and brilliant embroidery.
The elaborate long dress came back into fashion in the 1930s, despite the serious economic conditions caused by the Great Depression of 1929. The curved body line that characterizes women also returned to popularity. Jeanne Lanvin, who had been running her own atelier for fifty years, had gained unshakeable social status as a Paris "maison" (fashion house).