Monday, January 7, 2008

Signé Chanel - A Must See!

Signé Chanel is a rare in depth look into the inner workings of the legendary Parisian couture house of CHANEL. The series follows a Chanel's Haute Couture line from its inception to the runway show. The editing of is very clever, humours, and surprisingly down-to-earth.

I first became aware of this series by eavesdropping a conversation held by Parsons students while waiting in line for the Proenza Schouler for Target opening in SoHo (oh how I burned-up my AMEX that day). I’ve seen many mentions of the series that past couple of weeks so I thought it was time to sit down and watch it. IT IS SO GOOD! My eyes were welted with tears of joy the whole time. I even contemplated quitting my job and becoming a humble Chanel intern…(right)

I noted a few of my favorite highlights from the series and I included all 20 videos for your viewing ease :-) Get some popcorn you’re in for a treat!
  • Karl Lagerfeld is a Genius. When he sketches people move!
  • NO machines are used Haute Couture. Period.
  • No matter how well-constructed the garment is, if it's not "chic" it will not see the light of day.
  • According to Oprah...I don't know living in NYC is not normal.
  • The only thing that comes before CHANEL is hay.


Episode One - Anticipation









Episode Two - Doubts









Episode Three - Rituals









Episode 4 - Sleepless Nights









Episode Five - The Collection









3 comments :

Lovely said...

I agree this one had me scrambling to see each video from start to finish! When Madame P said the hay before Chanel comments I was dying laughing!!

Angie R. said...

I watched this weekend and have a whole new respect for KLag's skills but really the seamtresses ARE the House of Chanel! The hay/braid lady had me cracking up too!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have watched this on tv here (somewhere on this earth), approx 3 times. It is great that you were able to upload the series onto your blog. I was a click away from ordering the set of DVDs. Only KL is a frog and not a nice frog at that....I guess you have to be an 'ugly' frog to run an emporium. Without his skilled seamstresses, he would be nothing, just a sketch artist.

So that said,
there are many many sewing machines and sergers in the workrooms and there was even a woman working away at the machine in 2 of the videos. How could you have missed that.
What I was trying to find for you was a Bernina from the old 800 series which I saw on a counter in the tv series. Couldn't find it here or just didn't want to search anymore.

Sewing machines are used, I can imagine for delicate fabrics and beaded fabrics that a lot of hand stitching is done, but they couldn't do it all without the use of the machines.

For example, look at the 2rd video at 6.44minutes, thee is a woman sewing at a machine.
In the 3rd video at 2.20-2.26 there is also a machine in the bacground going and you can see the back of the woman working on an industrial machine. In video #4 at 0.39 (I think) there is a machine just at the door as you enter the room.
In the video where the black woman comes in to work and they are kissy kissing, there is a serger guide at 4.16minutes into the take.
Just a few sightings of the machines in the workroom. Couture simply means dressmaking and I guess any means is perfectly alright. I am just waiting for the day when KL goes bankrupct and that entire house of goodies lands on Ebay, then the world will be 'equal' once more...LOL....hear my happy dance?
Cheers
Gemma