It's a French documentary showcasing the unique work of artisans who create embellishments and adornments for French fashion houses and independent designers.
Think Chanel, Christian Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, Lacroix, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Louboutin and similar!
Designers such as these have, for centuries, collaborated with artisans to give that certain unique edge to their collections and shows.
Bruno Legeron, one of the Parisian artisans featured in Handmade in Paris with Love, has truly mastered the art of being unique! http://www.legeron.com/en/01_content.html
Daily, he makes cloth flowers (created from velvet, silk and leather) and fashions them into exquisite assemblages in his 2nd arrondissement workroom in Paris. His creations are all handmade and gorgeous!
Designers commission Legeron each season to make those floral + feather adornments that you see perched on shoes, at throats and necklines, attached to a belt or carefully positioned 'just so' in the hair.
Take, for example, Dries Van Notten.
A favourite designer of mine, his recent collection featured velvet clutches of flowers and feathers, fastened to a simple ribbon and worn at the neck. The kind of 'ribbon necklace' that you see in those romantic paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries.
|Dries' beautiful boutique in Antwerp is located in the centre of the city….not far from the Fashion Museum.|
Who knows but Dries is certainly a master of shape, colour, adornment + unusual fabric combinations. Think canvas + embroidered brocade + ribbon necklaces.
Relaxed, feminine, unfussy….fabulous!
|Art History inspirations?|
Fragonard's The Swing 1766…..everything old is new again.
|First ....a quick visit to Alla Moda for some 'frivolities'....ribbons, French lace and English embroidered tulle.|
|Next....a couple of cloth flowers + yellow feathers + hot glue gun and I'm ready to go.|
|Positioning and pinning.|
|Fashioning collar with thread, needle and thimble....and those gorgeous kid leather embossed flowers.|
|Velvet flower + feather assemblage necklace. Voila!|
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