Opened in 1909 by Jeanne Lanvin, the House of Lanvin was one of the most influential couturiers of the 1920s and 1930s. Lanvin's skillful use of intricate trimmings, virtuoso embroideries and beaded decorations in clear, light, floral colors became a her trademark. When Jeanne died in 1946 several skilled designers stepped into her shoes over the years including Antonio Castillo, Claude Montana and today's Alber Elbaz.