During our visit of the Dior exhibit at the ROM last Sunday we enjoyed discovering the craftsmanship of the métiers who are essential to creating a haute couture dress.
Every year, Chanel presents a collection dedicated to the Metiers d’Arts which they so passionately work with and believe in. The show always takes place in an outstanding venue, this year the Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, a stunning, architecturally renowned concert hall situated on the Elbe River. The location inspired the collection which had a definite nautical tone from captain’s caps to handbags inspired by freight containers.
There are 13 ateliers of note that work closely with Chanel — here are my favourites:
Gerard Lognon, plisseur (pleater). Created in 1850 by the great grandmother of the current owner, an atelier of only 5 craftsmen who create the cardboard molds for fabulous pleating.
Maison Lesage, embroiderer since 1924. Opulent embroidery does not begin to describe the exceptional work of this atelier.
Maison Guillermo, parurier floral since 1896.
Maison Lemarie, plumassier since 1880.
Those of you who came to Paris in September will remember visiting the atelier of Janaina Milheiro who was making the feather accessories for Victoria Secret — here is the result of her work: