Like her contemporary Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin's (1867–1946) career began with hats. As a teenager, Lanvin apprenticed with at least two Parisian milliners, including Maison Félix. In 1889, Lanvin, still in her early twenties, opened her own millinery business. The successful milliner ventured into dress design only after the birth of her daughter Marguerite Marie-Blanche in 1897. Lanvin designed a wardrobe for Marguerite Marie-Blanche, and her millinery clients were eager to purchase similar garments for their children. In response to this demand, Lanvin opened a department dedicated to childrenswear in 1908. The next year, Lanvin began designing for women and girls. She also joined the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Spanning almost 60 years, Lanvin's career flourished until her death in 1946. The house of Lanvin is still in existence, with Alber Elbaz as head designer.