Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 proves that art and fashion is the same thing, inseparable and indivisible. Dream dresses, hand drawned prints and embroidered jackets are carefully decorated to show that fashion is sometimes a fusion of painting, sculpture and architecture at its most expression. When all these proposals come to the catwalk, the perfect models, light and prevent adrenaline show attention to detail. A misscalculation that is based further on, when the brands tell you what is behind every design. Work, attention to detail and many anecdotes hidden in each of the garments.
The two-piece design of Chanel
This perfect Chanel Couture Spring 2016 suit jacket has a lot to say. Specifically, 2,500 hours have been intended to create the jacket with the oval sleeves, addorened with 435,000 wooden beads and three different colors of glass. To the previous step has to be added 55 hours stitchers needed to create the folds of the skirt. In this link you can see the care and attention that the employees of the Rue Cambon store put into every stitch. Having into consideration all these factors, it is not surprising that each piece costs about 60,000 euros.
The look of the green Dior coat.
This stunning raincoat that Dior Couture presented for the 2016 Spring collection is inspired in the New York coat of 1953 and in the “Abandon Dress” of 1948. For the creation of it, the atelier spent 120 job hours, including the creation of a kaki colour generated exclusively for the french maison. To this, 40 hours were required for the top that the model is wearing under the jacket. The details of the shoulder, that can be seen in the second photograph, were made apart (and out of the mentioned hours of work) for two independent seamstressers; one responsible og the Guipur fabric and the other one of the ornaments.
A curiosity: the end result was so sober that they included a golden anklet to the model to give it a youthful touch. Although not try this season in this video you can see the dedication of the atelier Dior.
The croché outfit of the Versace Atelier
Versace Atelier has decided to change the has decided to change the course of their designs and target an athletic woman who wears bombers and short dresses. However, what has not changed is the hard work and dedication behind each proposal. For this piece of $45,000, the workers of the atelier needed 150 hours to handcraft the croché fabric, to this one they added a black Swarovsky cristals net. Subsequently they fit colored silk threads in the already produced crochet , for which the atelier required 320 hours extra of work.
The final touch was made with black satin silk, that was sewn by hand in the workshop.
The wonderful Elie Saab dress
This wonderful dress signed by Elie Saab has required more than 2.000 sewing professionals to add all the details, trimmings, details on the top dress. More than 1.300 colored little pieces of glass have been have been cut, glued and stitched grid of transparent tulle, and then adding 4.400 gray pearls. In total, making this design has required 700 hours of work, including the most intricate details. It’s almost a month of work!
Valentino pleated dress
Valentino is the proof that creating beautiful dresses can need more time of creation than a Picasso painting. A clear example of this affirmation is the pleated dress made of Asian silk and velvet details. The workshop of the Italian maison required almost 400 hours to sew, shape and pleating the entire design.
To put it in perspective, that’s more than two weeks of work, everything is handmade. Behind this dress there are more than 2,200 sewers, 20 of them working full-time in its preparation. Its price? Around $70,000.
We all enjoy a good fashion show, entertainment, fabrics and the way it has been combined. Nevertheless, now we will be a little more conscious of the hard work that we have in front of us when we see the photograps of the shows.
A whole universe of fabrics, shapes, cuts and color studies behind each design! Now that has started the month of Fashion Weeks we have to implement what the learned and recognize the value behind each garment.