Fashion

Lucien Lelong (1889 - 1959)

The Parisian designer was eager to create garments that would highlight the body's movements and elegance in motion: a kinetic fashion. He killed the 1920s “garçonne” look and privileged fluid garments inspired by neoclassical drapery that were beautifully worn by his stunning wife, Natalie Paley, and later anticipated the New Look.

Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Dress, 1920s
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Dress, 1920s
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for his Perfumes, 1946
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for his Perfumes, 1946
Lucien Lelong, Dress, 1935-1937, Palais Galliera, Paris
Lucien Lelong, Dress, 1935-1937, Palais Galliera, Paris
Lucien Lelong by Lee Miller, 1930
Lucien Lelong by Lee Miller, 1930
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, ca. 1937, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, ca. 1937, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, illustration by Pierre Mourgue, 1945
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, illustration by Pierre Mourgue, 1945
Lucien Lelong Dress and Bucheron Jewels, photographed by Horst P. Horst, 1937
Lucien Lelong Dress and Bucheron Jewels, photographed by Horst P. Horst, 1937
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1920s, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1920s, The Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Dress, 1930s
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Dress, 1930s
Puppet from the Théâtre de Marionnettes by Jacques Chesnais, dressed by Lucien Lelong, 1938
Puppet from the Théâtre de Marionnettes by Jacques Chesnais, dressed by Lucien Lelong, 1938
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Coat, photogaphed by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1930
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Coat, photogaphed by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1930
Mademoiselle Zelinsky in Lucien Lelong Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1937
Mademoiselle Zelinsky in Lucien Lelong Dress, photographed by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1937
Lucien Lelong, Suit, ca. 1927, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Lucien Lelong, Suit, ca. 1927, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1938, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1938, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Dress, 1925
Lucien Lelong, Dress, 1925
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for Tailspin Perfume, 1947
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for Tailspin Perfume, 1947
Models in Lucien Lelong Swimwear, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1929
Models in Lucien Lelong Swimwear, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1929
Lucien Lelong, Ensemble, 1926, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Lucien Lelong, Ensemble, 1926, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for a.b.c. Perfumes, 1926
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for a.b.c. Perfumes, 1926
Lucien Lelong, Pullover Sweater, 1927, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Pullover Sweater, 1927, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Dress, 1920s
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Dress, 1920s
Lucien Lelong, Three Women in Ski Suits, illustration by Jean Pages, 1930
Lucien Lelong, Three Women in Ski Suits, illustration by Jean Pages, 1930
Lucien Lelong, Suit, Spring/Summer 1937, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Suit, Spring/Summer 1937, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Dress, photographd by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1935
Lucien Lelong, Dress, photographd by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, 1935
Lisa Fonssagrives in Lucien Lelong Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue, 1939
Lisa Fonssagrives in Lucien Lelong Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue, 1939
Lisa Fonssagrives in Lucien Lelong Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue, 1939
Lisa Fonssagrives in Lucien Lelong Dress, photographed by Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue, 1939
Nina Leen in Lucien Lelong Suit, 1952
Nina Leen in Lucien Lelong Suit, 1952
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, illustration by Pierre Mourgue, 1934
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, illustration by Pierre Mourgue, 1934
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong by the Studio Dorvyne, 1934
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong by the Studio Dorvyne, 1934
Lucien Lelong, Coat and Dress, 1926, County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Lucien Lelong, Coat and Dress, 1926, County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Lucien Lelong, Peignoir, ca. 1948, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Lucien Lelong, Peignoir, ca. 1948, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Lucien Lelong, Dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1937
Lucien Lelong, Dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1937
Lucien Lelong, Dress, early 1930s
Lucien Lelong, Dress, early 1930s
Model wearing Lucien Lelong Hat and Coat, photographed by George Hoyninger-Huene, 1929
Model wearing Lucien Lelong Hat and Coat, photographed by George Hoyninger-Huene, 1929
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1927-1929, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1927-1929, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, illustration by René Gruau, 1947
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, illustration by René Gruau, 1947
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for Tailspin Perfume, ca. 1940
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for Tailspin Perfume, ca. 1940
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Sequined Evening Dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1934
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Sequined Evening Dress, photographed by Man Ray, 1934
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1946
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1946
Lucien Lelong, Wedding Dress, 1946, Museum at Texas Tech University
Lucien Lelong, Wedding Dress, 1946, Museum at Texas Tech University
Lucien Lelong, Good Shot, ca. 1925, Sketch, gouache, graphit, textile sample
Lucien Lelong, Good Shot, ca. 1925, Sketch, gouache, graphit, textile sample
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1928, The McCord Museum, Canada
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1928, The McCord Museum, Canada
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Coat and Dress, photographed by the Studio Dorvyne, 1934
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Coat and Dress, photographed by the Studio Dorvyne, 1934
Lucien Lelong, Suit, Fall/Winter 1949, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Suit, Fall/Winter 1949, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Dress, 1928, Palais Galliera, Paris
Lucien Lelong, Dress, 1928, Palais Galliera, Paris
Lucien Lelong, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1938
Lucien Lelong, Dress, photographed by André Durst for Vogue, 1938
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for Taqlio Perfume, 1947
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for Taqlio Perfume, 1947
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for his Perfumes, 1945
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for his Perfumes, 1945
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong, 1933
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong, 1933
Lucien Lelong, Ski Outfit, photographed by Egidio Scaioni, 1927
Lucien Lelong, Ski Outfit, photographed by Egidio Scaioni, 1927
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Evening Coat, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1935
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Evening Coat, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1935
Lucien Lelong, Lacy Dress by the Studio Dorvyne, ca. 1935
Lucien Lelong, Lacy Dress by the Studio Dorvyne, ca. 1935
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1953, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1953, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1947
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1947
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1946
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1946
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Suit and Caroline Reboux Hat, 1935
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Suit and Caroline Reboux Hat, 1935
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Dress, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1930s
Natalie Paley in Lucien Lelong Dress, photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1930s
Lucien Lelong, Crepe Dresses, 1935
Lucien Lelong, Crepe Dresses, 1935
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for his Perfumes, 1931
Lucien Lelong, Advertisement for his Perfumes, 1931
Lucien Lelong and Cristobal Balenciaga, in Album de la Mode du Figaro, Les Grandes Soirées, illustration by Gruau, 1946
Lucien Lelong and Cristobal Balenciaga, in Album de la Mode du Figaro, Les Grandes Soirées, illustration by Gruau, 1946
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1945
Lucien Lelong, Evening Dress, 1945
Lucien Lelong, Dress, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1929
Lucien Lelong, Dress, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene, 1929
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