January 2018: Lanvin
Rosa Lanvin was bred by Jack E. Christensen in 1986, a cross between an unnamed seedling and rosa Katherine Loker. The blooms of this lovely, soft yellow, hybrid tea appear on long, tall stems of a medium, bushy, upright plant. The petals of this specimen are often veined and crisp, forming a stunning and long lasting, heat tolerant bloom that makes a statement in the garden and is also a contender for the show table.
Named for the Parisian Couturier, Jeanne Lanvin, this yellow beauty was chosen for January’s Rose of the Month to celebrate her birth date of January 1, 1867.
Having always been interested in fashion and originally a milliner, Jeanne Lanvin began making such beautiful clothes for her only daughter, Marie-Blanche de Polignac that they began to attract the attention of a number of wealthy people who requested copies for their own children. Soon, Lanvin was making dresses for the mothers, and some of the most famous names in Europe. As her reputation grew, Jeanne Lanvin abandoned millinery and concentrated on the creation and sale of high fashion clothing, thus establishing the “House of Lanvin” in 1889. It remains the oldest fashion house in the world and after the death of Jeanne in 1946, the business remained under the control of the Lanvin family until 1990 when it was taken over by others.
The logo of “Lanvin” was inspired by a photograph taken for Jeanne Lanvin as she attended a ball with her daughter wearing matching outfits in 1907.