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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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