pix of Eve Lavallière

As I mentioned Eve Lavallière in my previous post, I think I can add some photos of this Belle Epoque star. She is the prototype of French actress Eve Largillière, described in my two novels, but I must say I used only a part of her bio and I’m sure the destiny of Eve Lavallière should inspire other writers interested in history.

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Eve Lavallière by Nadar, in Cleopatra style

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Young Eve Lavallière.

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Eve Lavallière in Les Modes, 1902 (dresses for the comedy Les Deux Ecoles).

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Eve Lavallière by Helleu.

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Eve Lavallière by Felix.

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Eve Lavallière by Reutlinger.

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Eve Lavallière by Boyer.

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Eve Lavallière on the cover of Comoedia Illustre, 1909 (scan in hi res).

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Eve Lavallière in Le Theatre (scan).

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Eve Lavallière postcards.

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Cabinet photo with Eve Lavallière autograph.

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Eve Lavallière, scan from Comoedia Illustre (1909). Hat by Marie Louise.

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Eve Lavallière in her boudoir, photo from The Theatre.

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Paris home of Eve Lavallière.

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Eve Lavallière on the cover of Les Modes, September 1912. Dress by Jeanne Lanvin.

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Eve Lavallière and Albert Brasseur. Drawing by de Losques (Le Rire, 19 November 1904).

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Eve Lavallière by de Losques.

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Eve Lavallière by Gus Bofa (Le Rire, 16 December 1911).

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Eve Lavallière in Les Petits, drawing by de Losques.

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Eve Lavallière on the cover of Les Modes, July 1904.

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A prophetic drawing by de Losques: Eve Lavallière in Un Ange (The Angel). Figaro, 15 December 1909.

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Eve Lavallière dressed in Lanvin. Les Modes, March 1909.

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Eve Lavallière dressed in Parry (Jean Patou). Comoedia Illustre, 1912.

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Eve Lavallière and Lantelme at masquerade gala dedicated to 200th performance of Le Roi. Les Modes, march 1909.

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Eve Lavallière dressed in Jenny. Les Modes, May 1914.

More pictures at Gallica site: Eve Lavallière in Les ModesEve Lavallière in le Rire, Eve Lavallière in Reutlinger demonstration albums.

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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.

Jean Patou (Parry) and Lantelme

Scan fron V’lan theatre program. Genevieve Lantelme in Parry (Jean Patou) dresses. 1911.

V’lan was her last comedy (revue) she played from 1 June 1911 to 1 July 1911. The dresses were made by Parry fashion house. Parry, it was Jean Patou who later will become a very popular designer.