FASHION & FILM for DISCOVERING an OLD ARTISAN CRAFT: THE EMBROIDERER .
CHANEL and a FRENCH FILM “A COMMON THREAD,” allow you to discover the behind the scenes of HAUTE COUTURE.
“The couturier is the architect and we [embroiderers] are the decorators” – François Lesage
Those who follow my blog you know that I am a passionate fan and addicted to the world of fashion, but not for his side shallow but I’m always careful to the aesthetic and artistic of this world.
Also because visually the most interesting things in terms of creative direction, scenography are inspired by fashion and not the opposite.
I consider fashion like ART. For this when I can I try to collaborate with this industry for creating scenography for fashion show. I’ve already talked about incredible set design and haute coutire collection that every year THE KAISER Mr. Karl Lagerfeld has created with his genius.
The work behind Haute Couture is something extraordinary and unimaginable. This year another time with the last show Karl has amazed me.There are currently 5 or 6 major embroidery ateliers in Paris. At the end of World War II their number stood at 40.
To save them from becoming extinct, Chanel and Dior have been acquiring ateliers since the 1980s.
Apart from unveiling the behind-the-scenes of haute couture, the relationships between the couturier (designer), the artisan and the client is the focus on this work. “The couturier is the architect and we are the decorators,” said the late embroiderer François Lesage. What he didn’t say is that the process only really starts with the client. Samples are shown to her for approval and may be altered according to her wishes. Once she’s given the green light, the garment is made, partly in the ateliers and partly in the main fashion house.
Then it occurred to me a beautiful film which tells the story of a girl whose job is precisely the EMBROIDERER: A COMMON THREAD, (French Title : BRODEUSES).
This is the first feature film directed by Éléonore Faucher, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gaëlle Macé. It was shown at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and was selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art for inclusion in the 2005 edition of New Directors/New Films.
In Eleonore Faucher’s film, A COMMON THREAD, Lola Naymark plays Claire, a 17-year-old farmer’s daughter whose greatest passion is embroidery.
This film touched me with eerie dream sequences, the film casts a strange spell that’s enhanced by the rhythmic, almost sensual depiction of the painstaking art of embroidery.
Claire has left her father’s farm and lives in a small studio in town; she works in the local supermarket, but spends all her time designing her intricate patterns. She has a problem, though. She’s pregnant. Claire’s best friend, Lucile, has moved away from the town, but she returns briefly to see her brother, Guillaume, Thomas Laroppe, who is recovering from a motorcycle accident in which his best friend was killed.
Through this connection, Claire meets the dead man’s mother, Madame Melikian, Ariane Ascaride, who designs magnificent embroideries for the smart shops in Paris.
This very simple story is imbued with a delicate intimacy thanks to the subtle treatment by director Faucher. A bond forms between these two women.
The film is extremely beautiful, not just in its images of the wonderful embroidery these women create, but in the faces of the characters, particularly the very expressive Lola Naymark.
I hope I have intrigued you on this topic and I show you some pictures from this film and a making of about latest chanel fashion show a few days ago.
See the making of the Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection and film Trailer.