Jeanne Lanvin was born in Paris on 1 January 1867, the daughter of Constantin Lanvin and Sophie Deshayes. The eldest of 11 children, she became an apprentice milliner at Madame Félix in Paris at the age of 16 and trained with Suzanne Talbot before becoming a milliner on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 1889.
In 1895, Lanvin married Count Emilio di Pietro, an Italian nobleman, and two years later gave birth to a daughter, Marguerite (also known as Marie-Blanche) (1897–1958). The couple's only child, Marguerite di Pietro became an opera singer, married the Count Jean de Polignac (1888–1943), and became, on the death of her mother, the director of the Lanvin fashion house.Lanvin and di Pietro divorced in 1903. Lanvin's second husband, whom she married in 1907, was Xavier Melet, a journalist at the newspaper Les Temps and later the French consul in Manchester, England.
Lavin died on 6 July 1946. Her original office is preserved in the Lanvin’s corporate offices at 16 Rue Boissy d’Anglas in Paris.
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