The next best thing to being there, is the video footage from the Fall-Winter 2016/17 Haute Couture Chanel Show.
Karl Lagerfeld paid tribute to the creators of his creations by transposing the ateliers of Maison Chanel, housed on Rue Cambon, to the Grand Palais for the cleverest of backdrops.
The entire 200+ staff – the tailors, dressmakers and seamstresses – plus all the tools of their trade – bolts of fabric, sewing machines, cutting tables, fabrics, and more – were on display as the clothing they crafted strutted past. Two showings were required to give all the workers a piece of the spotlight.
The show highlighted Lagerfeld’s fashion mastery in what he called his modern graphic effect.
The workers busily continued to stitch as the show went on around them. The awe-inspiring reality of couture fashion was in evidence: it was a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the skill that informed each and every precise and perfect detail. From the initial KL fashion sketches on the wall, to charts of fabric samples, to the printouts for the placement of embroidery, the creation of couture is a process.
As Lagerfeld noted, despite huge advances in technology such as laser cutting and enhanced embroidery, much of the design work is still made in the way it was made a hundred years ago.
All of which makes the stunning clothes, truly spectacular.
For A Slideshow Of All The Looks: Vogue