This "Cyclone" evening dress by Jeanne Lanvin was worn by her daughter, the comtesse Jeanne de Polignac. According to Bettina Ballard, she was a "soft beauty" who belonged more to the intimacy of the private salon than to public places of entertainment. Lanvin's spectacular creation was featured in the Museum's exhibition Blithe Spirit: The Windsor Set(2002), and had not been shown in New York since its debut in 1940.


  • Title: "Cyclone"
  • Creator: Jeanne Lanvin
  • Fashion House: House of Lanvin (French, founded 1889)
  • Date Created: 1939
  • Type: Evening dress
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: silk, spangles
  • Designer: Jeanne Lanvin
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, Lady Mendl, and Mrs. Ector Munn, 1946
  • Creator Death Date: 1946
  • Creator Birth Date: 1867
  • Accession Number: 82103

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