savoir-faire

  • September 17th, 2018

    MAISON LESAGE
    EXHIBITS IN VENICE

    Maison Lesage, part of CHANEL’s Métiers d’art since 2002, is putting its unique embroideries on display in Venice as part of ‘Homo Faber’, an exhibition dedicated to celebrating European craftsmanship. Through numerous samples, behind-the-scenes photographs, as well as CHANEL Haute Couture silhouettes designed by Karl Lagerfeld, Maison Lesage unveils the extent of its savoir faire skills and innovation abilities. "There is a creative dynamic that encourages craftsmen to be imaginative, to reinvent details and refinements each season in order to always surprise," says Hubert Barrère, Maison Lesage’s artistic director.

    Visitors are also invited to participate in the making of a collective piece on the ground floor of the exhibition.

    ‘Homo Faber’
    Giorgio Cini Foundation,
    San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy
    Until September 30th, 2018

  • August 1st, 2018
    HAUTE COUTURE <BR />AT THE MUSEUM OF LACE AND FASHION

    HAUTE COUTURE
    AT THE MUSEUM OF LACE AND FASHION

    The Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode in Calais is holding a new exhibition, “Haute Dentelle,” devoted to high-end lace and its use in haute couture today. CHANEL loaned 11 ensembles illustrating the exceptional craftsmanship of the Maison and its Métiers d’art. One of them, an ensemble from the Spring‑Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, was selected for the exhibition poster.

    Lace was one of Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite materials for evening gowns. In a 1939 article, Chanel recommends the use of lace, which she saw as “one of the prettiest imitations that’s ever been made of nature’s whimsies. (...) I think tulle and lace have always lent charm, gracefulness and nobility to women’s elegance.” Thanks to Karl Lagerfeld, CHANEL is perpetuating French lace expertise and renewing it through its collections.

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    “Haute Dentelle” Exhibition
    Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode,
    Calais, France
    to January 6, 2019

  • July 12th, 2018

    THE FINAL FITTING

    In the lead up to the Fall‑Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture show, model Adut Akech attended the final fitting with Karl Lagerfeld at 31 rue Cambon in Paris.

  • July 12th, 2018

    THE WORK OF THE MAISONS D’ART
    ON THE BRIDAL GOWN 

    Starting from a sample approved by Karl Lagerfeld, olive leaves and braided trim made of rocaille beading in shades of sea green are embroidered by hand. Directly inspired by the green and gold olive branches of the "habit vert" (green attire) worn by members of the "Académie Française", the jacket, the dress and its mini-skirt are then adorned with embroideries by atelier Montex.

    The ensemble is accessorized with a fascinator created by Maison Michel in green wool embroidered by atelier Montex and veiled in sequined tulle. Matching low boots by Massaro, in almond green leather embroidered by atelier Montex, finish the look.

    © Anne Combaz

  • July 12th, 2018

    THE HAUTE COUTURE BRIDE,
    FROM SKETCH TO GOWN

    First, the sketch is interpreted as a pattern in cotton toile. During this first step of pattern making on a mannequin, the head seamstress recreates the silhouette in three dimensions, following Karl Lagerfeld’s directions, until the silhouette is as the designer imagined it in his sketch.

    The pattern is then used to create a "toile" of the look. The placements of future embroideries and braided trim take shape. A model tries it on for Karl Lagerfeld’s approval. The toile is then reproduced in the fabric of his choice, an almond green wool.

    Once embroidered by the Maisons d’art, the pieces are returned to the CHANEL ateliers so that the seamstresses can proceed with assembling the garment and placing the braided trim along zippers on the jacket and the dress. The designer named this look "High Profile": "You can open or close the sleeves on the sides. You can also splice open the skirt so the leg looks much prettier in profile — the legs look endless."

    © Anne Combaz

  • July 6th, 2018
    SAVOIR FAIRE OF THE <BR />HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

    SAVOIR FAIRE OF THE
    HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

    In the CHANEL ateliers and the Maisons d’art workshops where the Haute Couture collections come to life.

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  • June 19th, 2018

    A DETAIL OF CRAFTSMANSHIP:
    FEATHERS BY LEMARIÉ

    Lemarié created the handpainted white feathers embroidered in horizontal lines on the Paris‑Hamburg organza dresses, in a nod to the sailor striped top.

    More about the CHANEL Métiers d’art on chanel.com

  • June 15th, 2018

    A DETAIL OF CRAFTSMANSHIP:
    MONTEX EMBROIDERIES

    Combining traditional know-how skills with a sense of innovation, the artisans of the atelier montex turn Karl Lagerfeld's sketches into three-dimensional embroideries and use the crochet de Lunéville technique and the hand-guided Cornely machine to create motifs.

    Using patterns made by the CHANEL ateliers, the embroiderers draw the designs on tracing paper before transferring them onto the fabric. Strips of Rhodoid are stitched on one by one to compose geometric motifs that bring out the asymmetrical lines of the evening dresses.

    More on CHANEL Métiers d’art on chanel.com

  • June 13th, 2018

    A DETAIL OF CRAFTSMANSHIP:
    LESAGE TWEED

    Tweed, a woolen fabric borrowed from menswear by Mademoiselle Chanel, has become an essential part of the CHANEL style. The different kinds of thread that make up this fabric give it unique, irregular appearance. Karl Lagerfeld creates audacious, reference-packed designs in exclusive tweeds by Lesage, bold juxtapositions of materials and motifs.

    The tweeds in the 2017/18 Métiers d'art collection are made of wool interwoven with velvet ribbon and lurex thread. Their checked motifs echo the network of canals and bridges in the city of Hamburg, where the collection was presented. Hues ranging from orange to brown with hints of blue evoke the colorful freight containers stacked on the city's docks.

    More on CHANEL Métiers d’art on chanel.com

  • June 13th, 2018

    BRAIDED JEWELRIES

    Embellished with glass beads, jewelleries made by Desrues for the Paris‑Hamburg 2017/18 Métiers d’art collection take the shape of thin braids.

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