fashion photos from Les Modes

Lantelme as a fashion model: all photos from Les Modes magazine

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Lantelme in Les Modes (May 1902). Dress by Paquin.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (July 1902).

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Lantelme in Les Modes (June 1905). Hat by Reboux.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (July 1905). Dress by Doucet.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (March 1906). Hats by Suzanne Talbot.

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Lantelme on the cover of Les Modes (April 1907).

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Lantelme in Les Modes (December 1907). Dress by Doucet.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (November 1908).

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Lantelme in Les Modes (December 1909). Coat by Doucet.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (January 1910). Hat by Marie-Louise.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (June 1910). Dress by Jeanne Lanvin.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (June 1910).

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Lantelme in Les Modes (July 1910). Hat by Carlier.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (November 1910).

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Lantelme in Les Modes (December 1910). Dress by Paquin.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (March 1911). Dress by Paquin.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (May 1911). Hats by Suzanne Weiss.

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Lantelme in Les Modes (June 1911). Hats by Suzanne Weiss.

Additional pictures related to Lantelme:

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a little scandal at Parry

In November 1921 Maurice de Waleffe wrote in Les Modes:

Il y a quinze ans, la jolie Lantelme, qui devait trouver dans les eaux du Rhin la mort d’Ophélie, fut une des premières à porter dans Paris des fourrures étonnantes. Elle arbora le premier grand manteau de chinchilla. Son opulent mari, M. Edwards, l’accompagnait chez les couturiers, et il y a des jeunes femmes à qui cette escorte conjugale ininterrompue porte sur les nerfs. Un jour que Lantelme essayait une nouvelle doublure à son chinchilla, le mari, se morfondant au salon d’attente, pénétra d’autorité dans le salon d’essayage, dérangeant les plans de Lantelme, qui avait malicieusement combiné une fugue pour échapper à son garde du corps. Plus d’espoir de s’évader par l’autre porte! Il fallait rester!

De rage, Lantelme demanda des ciseaux et, à grands coups, taillada en lambeaux le chinchilla… Une crise de nerfs de cinquante mille francs…

I found some more details about this little scandal. As it occured at Parry fashion house, opened in 1911 (and created by famous designer Jean Patou), it could happen in 1911 only (not “il y a quinze ans”, 15 years before 1921) because we know Lantelme died in July 1911.  And if Edwards were so jealous, he could later murder Lantelme (as thought many people who knew this couple).

Meredith Etherington-Smith in her book Patou wrote about this scandal more discreetly:

Dressmaking establishments such as Parry fulfilled other useful functions in the louche first decade of the century, in that they could be used as romantic meeting places, the discreetly curtained fitting rooms providing many opportunities for quiet romantic meetings. Hearing one afternoon that the notoriously fickle La Lantelme had such an assignation at Maison Parry, Alfred Edwards attempted to catch her in flagrante delicto and was astonished to find her being fitted for a new chinchilla coat.

Lantelme photo

Very nice photo of Genevieve Lantelme, – pity it’s not coloured. Scan from Le Theatre # 197, 1 March 1907.

Lantelme winter look

Genevieve Lantelme in Les Modes, January 1910. Hat by Marie-Louise. Classic winter look – furs, big hat and her favourite jewels. She loved pearls , rings, bracelets and platinum.

Lantelme-colorized photo

The beginning of 20 century was a time of black and white photo. However the magazines of belle epoque had a possibility to publish full-color pictures. And almost every number of Les Modes included a cover in color and two colorized photos inside.

This is a colorized photo of Genevieve Lantelme from November 1908 issue. File source gallica.bnf.fr