Exclusive: Inside the Chanel Couture Atelier

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When Chanel’s exquisite Fall 2015 Couture collection debuted, even the most well-versed fashion insiders ran into trouble describing the extremely technical and neoteric way the brand’s 3-D suit was made. “The idea was to take the most iconic jacket from the 20th century and turn it into a 21st century version, which was technically not possible at the time it was born,” Karl Lagerfeld later explained. Using a method called Selective Laser Sintering, which effectively molded the suit onto a 3-D model using a laser sinter, and calling on his artisans to embellish and decorate the elaborate pieces with mesh quilting, dense sequin beading, and more, Lagerfeld created yet another first for the house of Chanel.

Each one of the 3-D suits in this Fall 2015 Couture collection is the result of an incredibly long, laborious, and detailed process – 580 hours for the white suit and 850 hours for the black suit, to be exact. The House of Lesage, which is owned by Chanel and responsible for some of the most breathtaking embroidery found on today’s runways, worked to line the pieces with sequins and trim them with 3-D beads, bringing Lagerfeld’s revolutionary ideas to life.

As is the case with all of the maison‘s couture creations, patrons enjoy regional exclusivity for the pieces they’ve purchased, which means only one lucky Dubai lady will be able to call one of these her own. Such is the relationship between the brand and its clients that the utmost care goes into making sure that the woman who wears Chanel Couture enjoys the most exclusive service, even having a bust created to match her proportions, growing and shrinking as she would in real life, from the moment she becomes a client and for the rest of her life.

In order to better understand the unique and time-intensive processes that went into making this collection, Savoir Flair invites you inside the Chanel Couture atelier. Click through the gallery to see the photos.

Photos: Courtesy of Annie Combaz for Chanel

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