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THE HAUTE COUTURE BRIDE,
FROM SKETCH TO GOWN

First, the sketch is interpreted as a pattern in cotton toile. During this first step of pattern making on a mannequin, the head seamstress recreates the silhouette in three dimensions, following Karl Lagerfeld’s directions, until the silhouette is as the designer imagined it in his sketch.

The pattern is then used to create a "toile" of the look. The placements of future embroideries and braided trim take shape. A model tries it on for Karl Lagerfeld’s approval. The toile is then reproduced in the fabric of his choice, an almond green wool.

Once embroidered by the Maisons d’art, the pieces are returned to the CHANEL ateliers so that the seamstresses can proceed with assembling the garment and placing the braided trim along zippers on the jacket and the dress. The designer named this look "High Profile": "You can open or close the sleeves on the sides. You can also splice open the skirt so the leg looks much prettier in profile — the legs look endless."

SAVOIR FAIRE OF THE
HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

In the CHANEL ateliers and the Maisons d’art workshops where the Haute Couture collections come to life.

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IMPRESSIONS AFTER THE
FALL-WINTER 2018/19
HAUTE COUTURE SHOW

Pharrell Williams, Liu Wen, Lily-Rose Depp and Penélope Cruz share their impressions of the latest Haute Couture collection after the Fall-Winter 2018/19 show in Paris.

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DETAILS OF THE
HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

A closer look at the Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture silhouettes.

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BLACK & SILVER TONES

The Haute Couture collection’s evening looks feature sparkly skirts and shimmering coats in metallic hues, scattered with embroidered or overstitched silver leaves constrasting matte velvet tops.

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REDEFINING THE TWEED SUIT

The Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture tweed suit features a braided wool trim zip, defining the contours of the jacket and the 'High Profile' lines.

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A PLAY OF TRANSPARENCIES

Layers of light and delicate chiffon reveal evening looks in the Fall-Winter 2018/19 Haute Couture collection.

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PROFILE VIEW

The Fall-Winter 2018/19 collection’s 'High Profile' silhouette redefines the Haute Couture look. Karl Lagerfeld came up with skirts and long dresses in tweed, velvet and chiffon with zippered slits, revealing the leg in elegant profile. Each of these looks opens on the side to reveal a matching mini-skirt, with tweed or sequined braiding extending the line.

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