23 March 2010

Who would live in an appartement like this?

Coco Chanel’s place at 31 Rue Cambon is the destination for fashion pilgrims, and, at the huge Yves Saint Laurent retrospective in Paris en ce moment, Yves’s own office has been re-created, complete with a pair of his specs on the desk. Nosing around on an interiors blog we stumbled upon these wonderful pictures of Jeanne Lanvin’s impeccable abode, which have been reconstructed at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. It consists of her boudoir, chambre de coucher and salle de bain that were designed for her by Armand Albert Rateau for her apartment at 16, rue Barbet-de-Jouy.

Lanvin, the label women turn to these days for Alber Elbaz’s miracles of draped and twisted dresses was started by Jeanne Lanvin in 1889, a milliner and dressmaker to Paris’s high society. Monsieur Rateau, designer of her fabulous domain was a long running collaborator of Lanvin’s – he designed the spherical bottle for her signature perfume, Arpege. The delicately gilded figure on the Arpege perfume bottle depicting Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter going to a ball became the House logo in 1954.

The Lanvin blue came to life through Madame's spontaneous enthusiasm for a Fra Angelico painting and also features in her sumptuous apartment. Mmm, how delicious. If you’re lucky enough to be mincing around Paris, don’t forget to pay the museum a visit, and you can imagine yourself in the shoes (or indeed on the chaise longue) of one of the first exporters of classic French elegance!

-Naomi Attwood

 


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