It all starts when Karl Lagerfeld sketches his collection. The drawings are then made up, creating ongoing discussions between the Studio, the ateliers and the Maisons d'Art.
The Lemarié Atelier
Using a sample approved by the Studio, the design is created on tracing paper. Flowers and leaves are cut from leather and little squares from tweed and lace. These are then arranged, sewn in place and embellished with rhinestones.
The Chanel Ateliers
The embroidered lace is sent back to rue Cambon to be assembled. The cape and the dress are tried on a wooden tailor's dummy to check that the proportions and the silhouette are in line with Karl Lagerfeld's original vision.
Karl Lagerfeld's Studio
The cape and the dress are then accessorised. Finally, the look is subject to approval by Karl Lagerfeld during the final fitting a few days before the show.
The Paris in Rome Métiers d'Art collection is available in boutiques.