Vintage Black Rayon Cocktail Dress Jeanne Lanvin 1940s Unique Sleeves 42-31-43

$ 941.00 $ 1,255.00

A perfect example of a vintage dress from elegant and top of the line vintage designers, this flowing smooth rayon dress features a flattering square neckline. The bodice, well hard to explain, with it's unique princess lines coming form the sleeve, which is also ruched at the shoulder and has shoulder pads. The elbows are pleated.

The skirt is pleated but flat at the front, in fact the whole front panel is one piece with no waist seam.The skirt is fitted at the hip but fuller below due to the pleats. It drapes beautifully! It is a fashion designers dream- like a puzzle to figure out the way it was put together! There is a left side zip opening, and it is unlined. Label is Jeanne Lanvin, Castillo.

Marked Size: none

Bust: 42”
Waist: 31”
Hips: 43”
Shoulder: 19”
Sleeve from shoulder: 15”
Sleeve from underarm: 9”
Length: 46”
Length (shoulder to waist): 16”
Length (waist to hem): 30”

CONDITION: Excellent !


  • Here is some information about Jeanne Lanvin,and Castillo:Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) opened a millinery shop in Paris in 1890. She became known for the beautiful dresses she was making for her daughter, and so in 1909, Lanvin opened her dressmaking business.
    By 1915 she had developed the style for which she was most famous, the robes de style. These dresses went against the prevailing style of the time, and featured a small waist and full skirt. Lanvin continued to design the robes de style dresses even in the 1920s.
    Lanvin died in 1946, and the business was taken over by her daughter, who hired Antonio del Castillo in 1950 to design the collection. During this time, the house became known as Lanvin-Castillo.
    Castillo left in 1962 and was replaced by Jules-Francois Crahay, who was the head designer from 1963 until 1984. After that time there was a succession of designers including Herve’ Leger and Claude Montana. In 2002, Elber Albaz became chief designer at Lanvin.
    Written by fuzzielizzie, courtesy of Vintage Fashion Guild