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FRENCH LESSONS: When Alain-Charles Perrot was inducted into the French Académie des Beaux-Arts this week, he did so wearing Lanvin. The fashion house created a version of the academician uniform just for him: a shirt, trousers and jacket embroidered with an olive branch. The embroidery itself required 600 hours of work.
Perrot is the architect in chief of the French Historical Monuments, whose works include the renovation of the Opéra Garnier and the Château de Versailles. He is currently involved in the renovation of the Hôtel Lutetia and the Ritz.
Lanvin is thus renewing a 113-year-old tradition of designing bespoke clothing fit for the “Immortals” of the elite institution. In 1901, Jeanne Lanvin designed clothes for her first academician customer, the famous writer and playwright Edmond Rostand, author of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Others then followed such as Paul Valéry, Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dalí.