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See Chapter 12, p. Designs by Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, and Givenchy have what initially appears to be an unnecessary use of an expensive fashion fabric for the lining or backing. A few couturiers work closely with a fabric house to develop new fabrics.

Some fabrics, such as the extra-wide silks manufactured for Vionnet, the silk gazar designed in for Balenciaga by the noted fabric-design firm of Abraham see below and the printed silk muslin designed in for Dior by the firm of BianchiniFerier see the photo in Chapter 12 on p.

Many other original fabrics are, of course, no longer available. Frequently used for Chanel suits, Linton fabrics are often a combination of wool and mohair, but many incorporate acrylic, metallics, novelty yarns, and even cellophane. The House of Chanel chooses from 15 to 40 exclusive patterns for the firm of Linton to weave in lengths of small amounts of 6 to 8 meters so they can make prototype designs for the runway.

Linton will also weave fancy selvages, which might include the more expensive yarns in the fabric and supply matching yarns and narrow trims when requested. As is typical for a couture design, the dress was made to fit its owner and cannot be altered successfully for another individual. Photo courtesy of Chicago History Museum, gift of Mrs. Corson Ellis. The two most common reasons are to eliminate a hem at the lower edge and to provide an inconspicuous lining fabric that might show when the garment is worn.

My favorite is a short, special occasion dress by YSL. On the outside, the skirt has pleats at the waist; on the inside, the same fabric is tucked under the pleats to provide support. There is only a fold at the hemline. The coat is completely lined with self-fabric even though it most certainly added to the cost.

Photo by Taylor Sherrill. The Atelier In the atelier, or workroom, of a couture house, fabric patterns are sometimes cut apart, rearranged, and sewn back together to create special effects for a particular design for example, see the blouse by Chanel on p. Some are relatively simple creations—such as the red-and-bluestriped Chanel blouse I saw that was made by cutting red and blue fabrics into narrow strips and seaming them together. Buttons and trims are often custom-made as well.

Braids run the gamut from silver crocheted trims to re-embroidered braids to threadwrapped embroidered topstitching. In addition to the array of high-quality trims employed on a couture garment, the fit is also a highly conceived element of any couture piece.

For an asymmetrical figure, for example, the collar, pockets, and shoulder seam may be slightly narrower on one side. For a full figure, vertical seamlines are moved in or out as needed to create the most flattering line, while for a short figure, all horizontal seamlines are adjusted, not just the waistline and hem.

Craftsmanship Impeccable craftsmanship is the essence of haute couture, and it begins long before the fabric is cut. At garment openings, floral motifs match so perfectly you have continued on p. According to Mme. Marguerite, who worked closely with him, he would then make quick sketches from which the atelier premiers would cut and sew the first toile.

Photo by Bellini, courtesy of Christian Dior. Courtesy of Chicago History Museum.

In so doing, he became the father of haute couture, a phrase coined in by an American client, a Mrs. Worth was the first to establish a house style and create a collection of seasonal designs shown on live models. In , Worth established the Chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne, the governing body of French fashion. Worth was also the first to understand the relationship of the fabric to the design. He began cutting garment sections with the grain and used one of the concepts of mass production— interchangeable, modular parts— to create a variety of different designs.

Paris, nonetheless, continued as the international center of high fashion—albeit more restrained fashion—and Worth continued to design for women of wealth and note.

At the same time, aesthetic dress, which was initially inspired by designs from late medieval and early renaissance periods, was introduced. These soft, loose dresses were simply embellished and worn without a corset.

The aesthetic movement reached its height in the s. Although she became known for glamorous evening gowns, exquisite workmanship and innovative mix of materials, Pacquin was also a practical designer. She introduced a dress style tailored enough for daywear but elegant enough for informal evening occasions.

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Cornelius Vanderbilt. Changing times When the new century dawned, women were still confined in tightly laced corsets and elaborately ornamented clothing, but the fashion world was ready for a change. Credited with modernizing dress design, Paul Poiret introduced the straight silhouette in , which has dominated fashion for most of the century. Worn with a less confining corset, the forerunner of the brassiere, his new design—the shift—was a simple narrow tube with a high waist. The first couturier to collaborate with artists such as Raoul Dufy, Poiret produced new fashions that were bold, brilliantly colored and exotic, and were often distinguished more by their decoration than by their cut.

Madeleine Vionnet, another innovative designer, showed her radical new designs in while working for French couturier Jacques Doucet, one of the major competitors of the House of Worth at the turn of the century. Mass production of various goods began during the war, and many women entered the work force. Even though clients from the Austrian, German, Balkan, and Russian courts had vanished, the couture houses thrived after the war.

They created simpler, less individualized designs intended for wealthy, fashionable women in France and abroad, but most sales were now made to retailers, who downloadd hundreds of models or to manufacturers who planned to copy them. As a result, many couture houses became specialists in handmade designs.

The coat is fabricated in a single layer of wool double cloth. Wool inserts conceal seaming on the face of the coat. Henry Clews.

After Germany invaded France in , many couture houses closed, while others moved—Molyneux to London and Mainbocher to America—but most continued to present small collections. Intended for a more active lifestyle, this style was straightforward and more youthful than the European tradition on which it was built.

She pays homage to the gods of the craft and bows to the church of haute couture. A must-have for all serious sewers. About Claire B. Shaeffer Claire Shaeffer is an acclaimed couture designer and recognised expert in the history of fashion. She gives twice-yearly workshops to a select few and has published many books on the topic of couture techniques including the first edition of Couture Sewing Techniques , which has sold more than 80, copies.

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Literally the bias. It has a single seam at center back with darts positioned translated, the French phrase haute couture means vertically and horizontally to sewing at a high level, but a better translation might enhance the figure.

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Although the haute toile, or working pattern, at couture designs shown on runways in Paris and Rome the right was used to refine are too expensive for most pocketbooks, their influence the fit and determine the best on styles, colors, and accessories echoes throughout the construction techniques.

For the home- Photo by Ken Howie. Authors collection. It may surprise some any other way, a member of the Chambre syndicale to learn that most of the techniques used in couture must design fashions that are made to order for workrooms can be duplicated at home.

In an elaborate process thats very the collection to potential clients in the respective much the same today as it was in the s, each couture houses.

Even fitters, and needleworkers who bring it to life. Today, even though there are excellent couturiers in Rome, the center of haute couture remains in Paris, where there is still an enormous support structure of skilled workshops and needleworkers who specialize in hand embroidery, beading, feather work, braiding, fabric flowers, and custom- made accessories.

In France, the term haute couture is strictly controlled by the Chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne Parisian High Fashion Syndicate , the governing body of French fashion houses.

The use of this term is reserved exclusively for the groups eleven members, who meet the strict qualifying rules outlined below. Two Americans Deceptively simple, this timeless design features pin- Mainbocher and Ralph Rucciare former tucking on the cashmere knit.

Pierre Balmain. To be named to the list remains the highest recognition that a designer can achieve. This boned-strapless gown was considered old-fashioned in when Mainbocher created it. Maintaining the integrity of a design while making adjustments to suit a clients figure and personal preferences is a delicate balancing act. Most couture houses will go to great lengths to do both. Several years ago, for example, when I visited the workrooms of English designer Hardy Amies, the staff had just fitted a clients dress, which she felt was about 1 in.

The black velvet, asymmetrical design featured a 4-in. Since the garment had a wide hem allowance, it could have been lengthened by the many old, established French couture houses simply lowering the hem, but then the proportion do not qualify because, although their workrooms of the ruffles width and distance to the hemline are in Paris, they do not present a collection.

Rather than demean the design, the house decided to lower the seamline, even though it meant cutting a new right front that What makes couture haute?

There are many factors, notably the some cost more than a thousand dollars a yd. Most fabulous, exclusive fabrics used, the flawless design, fabrics are made of natural fibers, but they can be cut and fit of each garment, the exquisite made of silver threads; and a few couturiers use craftsmanship, and the time required.

In the s, designers experimented with designthe couturiers ability to interpret the new materials like Mylar. See Chapter 12, p.

Whether classically styled or exaggerated, couture Designs by Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, and designs rely on such basic design principles as Givenchy have what initially appears to be an proportion, balance, color, and texture, and they unnecessary use of an expensive fashion fabric conform to the image of the couture house.

A few couturiers work closely with a fabric house to develop new fabrics. Some fabrics, such as the extra-wide silks manufactured for Vionnet, the silk gazar designed in for Balenciaga by the noted fabric-design firm of Abraham see below and the printed silk muslin designed in for Dior by the firm of Bianchini- Ferier see the photo in Chapter 12 on p.If you continue browsing the site, you agree to the use of cookies on this website.

It can also be used to restore a stretched edge, such as a neckline. Wool inserts conceal seaming on the face of the coat. Creating a Couture Collection Twice a year, in January and July, each couture house spends millions of dollars to present its collections. Others, like the Charles James gown see p.

The first couturier to collaborate with artists such as Raoul Dufy, Poiret produced new fashions that were bold, brilliantly colored and exotic, and were often distinguished more by their decoration than by their cut. Armscye canvas applied I sewed up the under collar dart in the front facing.

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