The experience of being in the presence of Chanel’s exquisite haute-couture creations is one of sensory overload. By seeing and touching the gowns born from Karl Lagerfeld’s limitless imagination, one comes to appreciate the thousands of hours of human labor that it takes to construct everything from their Camellia appliqués to the micro-beading that textures every surface.
When Savoir Flair was recently invited to view Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture collection in person, we were instantly drawn to Look 47 – a cream-colored gown delicately upholstered in black appliqués and finished with an electrified fringe of feathers and ruffles along both the shoulders and sleeves.
In a recent feature, which took an exclusive look inside Chanel’s couture ateliers, we introduced our readers to specialty workshops Maison Lemarié (responsible for the Camellia appliqués and feathers) and Maison Lesage (responsible for the embroidery). In Look 47, the gorgeous craftsmanship afforded by the skilled workers at Lemarié and Lesage is evident.
Browse through the gallery for an intimate look at how this exquisite Chanel couture creation came to be, from pinning the toile to the dress form and sizing up the pattern of the design to hand-stitching each bead onto the gown,