Paris, 1926 © Sasha / Getty Images
© Delphine Achard
© Delphine Achard
Métiers d’Art is a French term referring to crafts that combine traditional skills with cutting-edge savoir-faire, transforming fashion materials into unique or limited-edition creations. Such craft skills are truly a question of artistry, creating something extraordinary.
Chanel acquired the first of its exceptional craft workshops in 2002, now part of its Maisons d'Art label, including Lemarié (feathers and flowers maker, 1880), Causse (glovemaker, 1892), Massaro (shoe maker, 1894), Barrie (knitwear, 1903), Lesage (embroiderer, 1924), Desrues (costume jewellery and button maker, 1929), Maison Michel (hat maker, 1936), Montex (embroiderer, 1939), Lognon (master pleater, 1945) and Goossens (goldsmith, 1950).
As early as the 1930s, Gabrielle Chanel collaborates as a costume designer to the cinema in famous films such as Jean Renoir's "Rules of the Game".
Louis Malle, Roger Vadim, Alain Resnais, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, François Truffaut, and more recently, Franco Zeffirelli, Woody Allen, and Olivier Assayas are among the many leading film directors to have called on the Maison Chanel to dress their female characters.
Karl Lagerfeld has regularly directed real or imagined films from Gabrielle Chanel's life, beginning in 2008 with the short film "Coco 1913 - Chanel 1923".
Karl Lagerfeld's new short film, starring Kristen Stewart, Geraldine Chaplin, Jérémie Elkaïm, François Marthouret, Amanda Harlech, Jamie Bochert, Jake Davies, Baptiste Giabiconi and Laura Brown, goes behind the scenes during the making of a Gabrielle Chanel biopic.
"Once and Forever" will premiere at Cinecittà and on chanel.com on December 1st to coincide with the presentation of the Paris in Rome 2015/16 Métiers d'Art collection.