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  • April 26th, 2018

    IN THE LESAGE AND GOOSSENS ATELIERS
    WITH VANESSA SCHINDLER

    As partner of the 33rd Hyères Festival, CHANEL supports young creators. The House gave the 2017 Grand Prix winner Vanessa Schindler the opportunity to create a series of accessories and embroidered designs in the ateliers of the CHANEL Maisons d'art.

    For this project, Vanessa Schindler chose to work with the embroidery studio Lesage and the goldsmith Goossens. This partnership reaffirms how interlinked craftsmanship and fashion design truly are: "I wanted my finished pieces to bear the stamp of these two wonderful houses, reflecting my enduring taste for hand skills and craft, both essential and indispensable."

  • January 22nd, 2018
    FINISHING TOUCHES

    FINISHING TOUCHES

    Just a few hours before the show, the seamstresses work on the finishing touches of the Spring-Summer 2018 Haute Couture collection within the 31, rue Cambon atelier, Paris.

    © Pari Dukovic

  • December 9th, 2017
    MAKING-OF THE PARIS-HAMBURG <BR/ >MÉTIERS D'ART COLLECTION

    MAKING-OF THE PARIS-HAMBURG
    MÉTIERS D'ART COLLECTION

    The Maisons d'art gather their unique know-how to create the Paris‑Hamburg 2017/18 Métiers d'art collection, designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

  • December 6th, 2017
    EMBROIDERY AND SILKWORK <BR />BY MAISON MONTEX

    EMBROIDERY AND SILKWORK
    BY MAISON MONTEX

    Contemporary embroidery studio based in Paris, Maison Montex designs exclusive motifs and new creations every seasons that enhance the House Métiers d’art collections. With its thousands of sequins, beads, threads, multicolored crystals, and other embellishments, Maison Montex has forged its own distinctive expertise, drawing on the knowledge of an embroiderer from the Lorraine—the cradle of embroidery in France thereby perpetuating the secrets of the Lunéville craft. Thanks to research and experimentation, historic skills like crochet, embroidery on a Cornely machine, and needlework are being transcended by new techniques such lace embroidery on newsprint and 3D effects.

    More information on mtxparis.com

  • December 6th, 2017
    THE ART OF CASHMERE <BR />BY MAISON BARRIE

    THE ART OF CASHMERE
    BY MAISON BARRIE

    The Barrie knitwear mill in the small town of Hawick, Scotland, joined CHANEL in 2012, twenty-five years after completing its first orders for the company. Their shared creative vision has brought the ancient tradition of the finest cashmere woven in the Scottish borders to CHANEL's iconic two-tone cardigan.

    The Maison Barrie's soft-hued palette offers a range of exclusive colors for the Métiers d'art collections. Its spools in various sizes give an exceptional quality of yarn, while a production method unchanged since the early twentieth century, requiring painstaking accuracy and dexterity, makes the cashmere soft yet strong, giving a knit of outstanding quality. A highly qualified workforce with a skillset that is now rare makes Barrie cashmere knits a true luxury.

    More information on barrie.com

  • December 6th, 2017
    JEWELRY BUTTONS FROM <BR />THE MAISON DESRUES

    JEWELRY BUTTONS FROM
    THE MAISON DESRUES

    The buttons and jewelry specialists Maison Desrues create unusual bespoke pieces to designs by Karl Lagerfeld, from cuff bracelets and fingerless gloves set with stones to beads on long necklaces or stitched by the hundred on every inch of a garment. Desrues produces some four thousand buttons a day to adorn CHANEL designs. The craftsmen also cast, sculpt, dye, carve, enamel, and polish stones and settings from Gabrielle Chanel's own jewelry, giving a new lease of life in fresh designs for today's collections. To meet the demands of CHANEL's bespoke creations, the Maison Desrues has embraced new technologies including digital design and laser cutting. Yet the company still holds itself to the highest standards of craftsmanship.

    More information on desrues-paris.com

  • December 5th, 2017
    IN THE STEPS OF MAISON MASSARO, <BR />BOOTMAKER AND SHOEMAKER

    IN THE STEPS OF MAISON MASSARO,
    BOOTMAKER AND SHOEMAKER

    Maison Massaro, who produced the two-tone shoes designed by Gabrielle Chanel in 1957, joined the CHANEL Maisons d’art in 2002. The master bootmaker creates Karl Lagerfeld’s designs that enrich the stylistic vocabulary of CHANEL by constantly seeking out new shapes and materials. Transparent plastic pumps, jeweled sandals, gaiter boots, and beaded heels all point to Maison Massaro’s creativity and sheer mastery of its art. The Massaro studio offers expertise in a number of crafts demanding a high degree of technical skill, offering endless possibilities in terms of design.

    More information on massaro.fr

  • December 5th, 2017
    FEATHERS AND FLORAL ADORNMENTS <BR />BY MAISON LEMARIÉ

    FEATHERS AND FLORAL ADORNMENTS
    BY MAISON LEMARIÉ

    Lemarié, which began working with feathers in Paris in 1880 and expanded to produce artificial flowers in 1946, is now at the heart of Karl Lagerfeld’s designs and also works with many other fashion houses. Working with feathers and flowers offers an infinite range of potential textures and patterns and requires ingenuity and technical flair. It was Maison Lemarié that Gabrielle Chanel turned to when she first came up with her camellia design in the 1960s. The emblematic flower blooms anew each season in Karl Lagerfeld’s sketches.

    Though expert in flowers and feathers, Lemarié excels in the subtle inlaying, cascades of flounces, pleats and sophisticated smocking in a range of shapes and textures, from organza to velvet, leather to tweed and and satin.

    More information on lemarie-paris.fr

  • December 5th, 2017
    THE ART OF PLEATING BY <BR />THE MAISON LOGNON

    THE ART OF PLEATING BY
    THE MAISON LOGNON

    The Maison Lognon allies traditional craft skills and digital technology in its cutting-edge techniques. Its deft-fingered experts create elaborate interplays of volume in flat expanses of fabric in a highly demanding process that requires painstaking accuracy and detailed knowledge of the characteristics of each material. Perfect pleating takes unspoken coordination and perfect fingertip synchronisation from two pleaters working together.

    Over the decades, Lognon has worked with a wide range of fabrics, from silk, crepe, tulle, and chiffon to organza, velvet and leather. It has developed its own specialist jargon: reclining, flat, hollow, round, accordion, Watteau, sunburst, and Fortuny are all types of pleating mastered by Lognon, shedding light on the history of technical innovations in fashion. The company's history is still being written, as Lognon works closely with the CHANEL Studio, since it joined CHANEL's Métiers d’art in 2013.

  • December 4th, 2017
    IDEAS AND EXPERTISE: <BR />HATTER AND MILLINER <BR />MAISON MICHEL

    IDEAS AND EXPERTISE:
    HATTER AND MILLINER
    MAISON MICHEL

    Founded in 1936, Maison Michel found a natural home in Paris’ fine craft tradition. Each season sees the launch of new designs by Priscilla Royer, who took over as artistic director in 2015.

    Maison Michel complements and counterpoints Karl Lagerfeld’s collections with its hats, which regularly accessorize CHANEL looks. Boaters, half-veils, caps, and knit caps all offer a new twist on a wide range of classic headwear, in multiple variations interpreting the codes of the House. Above and beyond their sheer artistry, the Métiers d’art collections offer highly skilled creations that reflect an urge for constant innovation drawing on a long-standing, diverse craft tradition.

    More information on michel-paris.fr

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