Métiers D'Art

Métiers D'Art

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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.

 
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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.

 
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Maison Guillermo, parurier floral since 1896. 

 
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Maison Lemarie, plumassier since 1880.

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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:

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