FROM CHANEL’S ATELIERS: HAUTE COUTURE SPRING 2015/16

Chanel shares with Perfect Wedding an inspiring journey into it’s ateliers in Paris to learn every step on the making of the Wedding gown from the Spring Summer 2015 Haute Couture Collection.

Chanel’s Wedding Haute Couture SS2015 gown is constructed by a tunic with short sleeves in organza with white and pink sequins. Dress with a train in white organza embroidered with pleats, ruffles and concertinas in chiffon and floral elements in organza, rhodoid,  chiffon and silk embellished with rhinestone and beads.

In the beginning the outfit exists only in the designer’s mind: it materializes in the form of a sketch by Karl Lagerfeld which is then given to the Chanel’s Head seamstress.

The sketch is initially interpreted in the form of a toile, the positioning of the future flowers is indicated. The toile is the reproduced in the fabric chosen by the studio, in this case an organza for the tunic and the dress.

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Once embroidered whit white and pink sequins, the tunic is assembled in the Chanel ateliers while the organza for the dress is sent to the Lemarié ateliers to be embroidered. At the Lemarié ateliers, using a sample validated by the studio, the pleats, ruffles and concertinas in white chiffon are made and appliqued onto the organza. Then the floral elements made from organza, rhodoid, chiffon, silk, rhinestone and beads are embroidered.

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To make the dress requires 900 hours of work.

Once the embroidery of the dress is complete, it is sent to the Chanel ateliers so the seamstresses can complete the finishing touches. The tunic and the dress are then tried on a wooden mannequin to check that the proportions and the silhouette as imagined by Karl Lagerfeld are respected.

The outfit is accessorized with a wide brimmed straw hat made by the Maison Michel and swathed in tulle by the Lemarié ateliers, mittens in white tulle embroidered with sequins and two-tone leather flat booties. It s subject to approval by Karl Lagerfeld during the final fitting in the studio the day before the show.

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At last at Grand Palais, a backstage image before the walk down the runway!

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