Tzuri Gueta for Yiqing Yin
Branches of coral in silicone-fed fabric and applied to silk tulle for a Chinese-inspired red wedding dress
Helene Farnault has opened the doors of the HAUTE COUTURE ATELIERS in her new book by the same name. It's more than a glimpse inside the Artists that make fashion's Haute Couture the unique world it has been for decades. With a foreword by Hebert de Givenchy, who after many years as a designer is still quite amazed at the level of the craft. The Haute Couture artists of Lemarie and Desrues are two he particularly favors.
Introductions to couturiers like OSCAR CARVELLO open Farnault's book and indeed his work is quite extraordinary. True, much of haute couture is-with designers taking their work to high art on Paris runways. Carvello seems to go a step further though, lavishing each of his works with details from many of the ateliers, yet his creations show great restraint simultaneously-a wonder with the entirety of choices available to him. His high art evokes the old world Erte drawings, and designs of Paul Poiret.
A Carvello gold brocade dress, with fur epaulettes and bead embroidery
at BRODERIES LANEL
Black organza embroidered with matt silver and gunmetal cup sequins. Relief applique embroidered petals.
Feathers at NELLY SAUNIER
Design notebook containing lists of materials, colours and dye references, as well as feather samples
Fur by MARION CHOPINEAUR, and SOPHIE HALLETTE Embroidered Lace
a confection of fur and embroidery by Yiqing Yin Haute Couture
Colour Sample Books with skeins of silk yarn used from 1898 to 1900
Raf Simons of DIOR seems to capture a modernity, and unite the fine embroideries of haute couture as current director of Dior. His Spring-Summer 2012 Haute Couture Collection, (above & below) show just that. Fabric flowers with bead centres on tulle with black chainstitch stem.
photograph from Style. com
"Like planets in motion around the sun, fashion designers, especially those in the field of haute couture, carry thousands of workers in their wake. All the crafts in the fashion industry are satellites within this solar system." - Helene Farnault
Easily getting lost in space, HAUTE COUTURE ATELIERS will take you amongst embroidered stars, beaded planets, and gently drop you back to earth. You'll only wish to return in haste to any of its pages for a few moments of cosmic bliss.
principal photography by Alexis Lecomte
available from Vendome Press
one of the many books I selected from the offerings from Vendome