Carmen shared a link to this YouTube video with me after yesterday's post. And for those of you who are not aware of this fabulous little film, I thought I would pass along this up close and personal look at what goes into creating the Chanel Couture 2004-05 Fall/Winter Collection. (It is in French, but even with my extremely rusty high school French, it was incredibly enjoyable and understandable.)
There are sketches, muslins, and beading, quite a few pin pricks, a little blood, and a glimpse into how those incredible jacket trims are made.
I just love the day to day moments and all of the banter between employees. And always in the background is Mr. Lagerfeld clicking his bejeweled fingers together.
My favorite moments involve a woman who begins meticulously straightening the grain of some amazing platinum colored silk velvet. She is later seen handstitching the side seams of the dress on a form. When she is almost finished, Lagerfeld decides the color must be changed to white. So she begins again . . . and in the middle of her work, once again receives a note that the color is now to be black. How incredibly frustrating! While she is watching the final runway show, you can hear her murmur that all of the aggravation disappears when she sees the finished product. I think everyone can relate!
And I have to say that after watching it, I cannot wait to get into the sewing room. It is amazing to see the time and effort involved from the first sketch to the final moment the garment appears on the runway. Anyone who does not think couture is art needs to watch this!
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