Like its name suggests, the Métiers D’art Collection pays homage to the art of craftsmanship, its use of specific materials and embellishment, in a feat made possible by its illustrious ateliers. For Chanel’s Paris-New York Métiers D’art show on December 4, 2018, an Egyptian theme came to light in blazing looks of gold, embroidery, pleats and jewels, fitting of any female pharaohs.
One look that captured this paraphernalia was Look 70, an organza dress pieced with sequins and coloured gems; each part constructed in different ateliers. “I think the Chanel Métiers D’art collection is very much down to this refinement which should be seen close up, almost touched, to understand how it is done,” the late Karl Lagerfeld did say, after all.
The Start Of Look 70
Look 70 began from the Lesage ateliers as a sketch. Soon after Karl Lagerfeld validated the embroidery sample, its design was shaped on tracing paper, according to exact proportions and cutting details. A silk organza fabric is then handcrafted with 47,000 sequins of gold, turquoise and coral, before 150 Goossens cabochon gems are affixed together with a bejewelled upper adornment. This entire process takes 480 hours alone to implement.