When guests arrived at the Chanel Couture spring/summer 2017 show they found themselves in a recreation of the fashion house’s Rue Cambon atelier – complete with cutting tables, mannequins, fabric samples, sketches and toiles. Karl Lagerfeld had also enlisted his entire team of seamstresses to complete the set, instructing them to continue work as usual while the models paraded around them and the world’s fashion media looked on.
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In an era of fast fashion and ‘see-now, buy-now’ catwalk shows, this was a demonstration of incomparable expertise, finely honed over decades, and a reminder of the sheer man power that goes into creating an haute couture collection.
But how many hours and elements go into the making of just one piece?
Watch below to find out…
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US