Deconstructing the Chanel Haute Couture Jacket

I’m no fashionista, but I love to watch shows like Next in Fashion, purely for the design aspect. And I have a thing for Chanel runway shows.

As with any obsession, I went down the rabbit hole one season, and discovered the love and dedication that goes into a Chanel haute couture jacket. It takes 130 hours to create one from beginning to end. The jacket itself is comprised of 18 hand-cut, hand-sewn pieces, based on 30 measurements of the client.

Haute couture is only done by hand, “because only by hand you stay true to the soul of haute couture.”

The small lift in the shoulder shape is secured with a “cigarette” – a small band of fabric 2 cm long. And a chain is sewn in slightly above the hem line, to weigh it down just so and ensure a perfect fall.

All under the watchful eye of Chanel’s head seamstress & artistic director.

It’s inspiring. To me, at least.

Until next time,
K

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