Lanvin is the longest-standing French fashion house – yet it remains at fashion’s cutting edge, synonymous with grace, femininity and refinement. In 1924, Jeanne Lanvin captured her style in a bottle. Among the first ‘designer’ fragrances, Arpège wanted to offer her beloved daughter ‘the most beautiful fragrance in the world’, as a 30th birthday gift. The bottle has become an icon: a perfect sphere of black glass, with a narrow neck designed to symbolise the curves of a woman’s body. The gold design on the black glass itself – by famous artist Paul Iribe – is of Jeanne Lanvin tenderly bending down to a young Marie-Blanche.