What Really Goes Into The Making Of A Dress Or Bag?
Female Singapore|April 2021
What really goes into the making of a dress or bag? With the pandemic spurring fashion houses to put the focus back on community and craft, Gordon Ng zeroes in on some Spring/Summer 2021 releases that prove that sometimes, it really does take a village (or going back to one).

SEVERAL OF CHANEL’S READY-TO-WEAR PIECES

When it comes to nurturing a proverbial “village” of collaborators, the French maison is easily at the forefront. Every year, it shows a Metiers d’Art collection that maximises and shows off the artisanal prowess of its crafts workshops and studios. That technical wizardry also gets extended to its seasonal runway collections. To create the tweed-like finish of the silk chiffon jacket on this page, the brand tapped into Montex – one of 27 metiers d’art it owns – to embroider on over 5,000 hotfix crystals, 6,000 straw and crystal sequins, and 24,000 glass pearls. The process takes 200 hours to complete. The fabulously plumed look on the page opposite is meanwhile the work of Maison Lemarie, a house known for its exquisite feather work. Calling for 75 manhours, the embroidered cape features braids of fine ostrich plumet on tulle and organza, and is further adorned with grosgrain braids and silk ribbons.

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