Behind the scenes at every great couture house is a skilled team of artisans who turn fashion dreams into reality.
In this digital age of mass reproduction, nothing distinguishes luxury so clearly as the handmade. Here is a privileged glimpse into the best of the fashion workshops: the world of embroiderers, lacemakers, weavers, textile designers, pleaters, featherworkers, floral decoration makers, leatherworkers, jewelry and accessory designers, fanmakers and perfumers.
Featured in this book is the work of some of the finest haute couture craft specialists – experts who have perfected their skills over many years, keeping alive the knowledge and techniques that might otherwise have disappeared for ever. France maintains its renown as the home to many of the traditional craft ateliers that serve the fashion industry. Their unique creative skills are much in demand at the greatest haute couture houses, such as Chanel, Valentino, Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga.
Close-up details from the ateliers and fashion shows have all been specially photographed, allowing readers to follow the progress of work from sketchbook designs to the finished creations on the catwalk.
'Restores your faith in human endeavour. This book is so delicious I wanted to eat it. The photographs of beading, feathering, embroidering, weaving, plaiting, passementerie, even fans, costume jewelry and perfume made my mouth water'