31 Rue Cambon (Paris), March 2014
A day inside Coco Chanel’s house.
(Vintage chanel blazer, Oysho stripy top)
Next on the Mademoiselle Privé agenda was a visit to Maison Lemarié: the atelier in charge of creating all of the feather & flower work for both prêt-à-porter & haute couture collections.
I attempted to make a Camelia rather unsuccessfully- I only got as far as shaping the petals. It takes a specialist at the atelier (with over 10 years of experience) an average of 30 minutes to hand make a single Camelia.
This time last week I was returning from beautiful Paris.
Next on the “Mademoiselle Privé” experience (once the show had finished on Tuesday) was a visit to Lesage in Ponteau.
Lesage are responsible for the couture embroideries we see in Givenchy, Balenciaga, Dior, & Chanel (of course). Chanel bought this company in 2002 so the atelier could survive & stay open in Paris.
After studying the story of Lesage in Fashion History a few years ago, I was like a little girl in a sweet shop. Every couture pattern, embroidery & design you can think of is there. They are all hiding in every drawer and corner of the establishment.
Then came the tough part, and something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget. I spent the afternoon embroiding my own brooch, surrounded by beads, tweeds &, of course, macaroons.