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MAKING OF THE ICONIC HANDBAG

It takes 4 to 5 years for each craftsperson on the site to learn how to perfectly master the techniques necessary for the manufacture. The iconic Chanel handbag demands over 180 manufacturing operations and as many minute gestures.
Selecting the skin requires a rigorous control, each one must be perfect. Then, the cut of each piece of the bag's body is made according to a template outlining the pattern. The points of the cut must follow the scales of an exotic skin or the patterns of a tweed. The pieces of the bag's body are then "pared down", quilted using a needle and assembled.
First mounted flat and inside out, like a Ready-to-Wear piece, the bag takes on volume little by little. The body and base are brought together with the "bag in bag" technique: a first bag is mounted to constitute the interior and then a second for the exterior, each one assembled by hand. The craftsperson can then turn the bags inside out. The finishing touches demand several other delicate manipulations before the final control and the ritual of wrapping.

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JULIANNE MOORE
OSCARS 2015

The American actress, winner of the Best Actress Award for her performance in "Still Alice", wore a Haute Couture dress custom-made by Karl Lagerfeld to the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 22nd.

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CUSTOM-MADE FOR THE OSCARS
JULIANNE MOORE'S DRESS

Custom-made by Karl Lagerfeld, the bustier long dress is in white organza lined with satin crepe and embroidered with 80,000 small white hand painted resin sequins and flowers made of ivory, beige and black organza, tulle and sequins. The dress required 965 hours of work and 27 people to complete.

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS
GRAMMY AWARDS 2015

Pharrell Williams, face of the Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 collection, wore a custom-made Chanel jacket and bermudas specially created for his performance at the 57th Grammy Awards on February 8th in Los Angeles.
He performed his hit single "Happy" and received the awards for "Best Pop Solo Performance" and "Best Urban Contemporary Album".

OPENING OF THE 2015 COMPETITION

Mentored by Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Chanel Global Fashion, the 26th edition of ANDAM Fashion Award is officially opened to application. For the first time since its creation, the competition introduces a Prize dedicated to Fashion Accessories.

Founded under the initiative of the French Ministry of Culture and the DEFI, ANDAM is dedicated to support young designers and reinforce Paris influence as the world fashion capital. The First Collections Prize rewards a young French company in the fashion sector and gives access to an international audience. The Fashion Award Prize rewards a French or foreign designer willing to establish a sustainable business in France thus contributing to the dynamism of Paris fashion scene and French industry.

"I will have the great pleasure, as mentor of the 2015 ANDAM edition, to help the winner meet the unique French know-how, to give her/him advice and support needed to develop her/his creativity and innovation on the Parisian fashion scene", explained Bruno Pavlovsky.

The Maison Chanel joins ANDAM as one of its 2015 sponsors, pursuing its commitment to the young talents of contemporary fashion. This privileged mentorship on both creative and strategic dimensions of her/his business so as to develop her/his label.

The 26th edition of this annual competition is now opened to application, until April 20th, 2015.

CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS

First impressions gathered after the Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture show in Paris.
Interviews by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

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