Embroidered black silk chiffon evening dress with black slip, designed by Jeanne Lanvin, French, 1925. The basic silhouette on this Lanvin dress evokes religious robes worn by monks while the sheer textile makes it elegant and refined, trademarks of her work. In addition, the Greek key motif shows her knowledge and interest in incorporating classical design motifs in her fashions.
Evening Dress, Jeanne Lanvin (French, 1867–1946) for the House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889): fall/winter 1925-1926, French, silk, metal. "The arcing appliqué design is characteristic of Lanvin's aesthetic during the mid-1920s."
Dress, Evening, ca. 1925. French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of William Garrigues, 1967 (2009.300.1330) | During the 1920s, the days were for working and the nights were for dancing. Women's dress was liberating, as the hemlines rose and the waistlines dropped. Evenings were spent at clubs and it was common to see ladies dancing the Charleston and Black Bottom.