Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion

At the start of Paris Fashion Week, I cannot imagine a more appropriate book to offer you a glimpse into the intricate makings of couture fashions. Every page of this book is filled with lush images that will make you gasp; I certainly did! Enjoy!

Color sample book with skeins of silk yarn used from 1898-1900 Designer: Prelle; Photo Credit: Alexis Lecomte. 

Cape Dress by designer Stephane Rolland in sand colored muslin and jersey, embroidered with burnt ostrich feather flowers. Photo Credit: Olivier Buhagiar.

On white tulle ground, fuschia Rhodoid scrolls set with  glass stones and sequins. Designer: Broderies Lanel; Photo Credit: Alexis Lecomte. 

Long Bustier Dress in dipped lambskin and cloud gray chiffon. Glass petal plastron. Summer 2013. Designer: Stephane Rolland; Photo Credit: Olivier Buhagiar.

Marian Chopineau for Yiqing Yin. "Eole dress with Swarovski elements and red silk streamers. Sur le Fil Collection spring-summer 2013. Designer: Yiqing Yin; Photo Credit: Shoji Fujii.

Pink silk slip dress, edged with embroidered tulle. Designer: Fanny Liautard: Photo credit: Alexis Lecomte.

Metallic leather dress with Sophie Hallette lace applique. Eagle Eye Collection Winter 2013: Designer Oscar Carvallo; Photo Credit: Alexis Lecomte.

Design of notebook containing a list of materials, colours and dye references, as well as feather samples. Designer: Nellie Saunier: Photo Credit: Alexis Lecomte.

A book collector's dream, Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion by Helene Farnault, forward by Hubert de Givenchy may be purchased at Amazon or your local book seller.  You will be thrilled to see the work of the artisans who behind the scenes, assist in  making these couture confections come to life!

Thank you to The Vendome Press for providing me with the publicity copy.

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The Buzz Blog said...

These designs are true works of art and the attention to detail is simply stunning. This is a book we need on our bookshelf. Thanks for sharing, Karena!
C + C

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

So beautiful! I love the dye samples and other inspiration photographed.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

This looks like a book I would love! Thanks for the post!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Looks like a great hostess gift. thanks for the inspiration!

Unknown said...


Wow, what a beautiful book! I love the way the images almost look like you could lift them off the page! This looks like a book I would love to have. Hoping fall has been good to you! I am finally back blogging and hope you will stop by and say hello.

p.s. I have a long overdue email to you...hoping to get that off tonight :)

xo Mary Jo

Kristy Woodson Harvey said...

Oh my goodness... I just got this too and am totally drooling. It's just too fabulous. Every, single page! Perfect for rainy day dreaming :) xo Kristy

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ah, Karena, this is such a lovely post! I so love those old sample books of fabric and thread - aren't those LOVELY?

The fashion is lush and so soft. And thank you as well for coming to visit my post. I am at least a day or two LATE in my visits because school is very time consuming, but it's good. I'm just grateful to have a job!

BIG HUGS to you dear Karena, and I hope you are well! Anita

Stacy CUrran said...

Book about fashion that I have is Tom Ford, and I guess I would argue that that is more about photography done anything. This looks gorgeous!

Splendid Market said...

So amazing to understand all of the intricate details that go into these beautiful pieces. I love that gray silk skirt with the lambskin bustier, so exquisite.

Splendid Market said...

Karena, will you please send me your correct url or web address? For some reason my blog roll isn't updating with your posts, what I show now for you is a post that is 10 months old. I tried copying and pasting but it didn't work for some reason. I had the same thing happen with Tina at Enchanted Home. My email address is ebb@splendidmarket.com. I don't want to miss out on any more of your great posts! Thank you so much, Emily

La Dolfina said...

Hello Karena,

Thank you for popping over so regularly you are a dear!!!
Wasn't this book incredible?
My friend and I loved it. I"m so glad that someone finally put the spotlight on these gifted artisans!
Have you opened your lavender epsom salts yet?
Much love.


Jennifer said...

A stunning book, right up my alley. I must get my hands on it. It looks like eye candy. Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy you're weekend.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Looks like a wonderful book..beautiful dresses..

Francine Gardner said...

Beautiful inspiring book…need to find space on my bookshelf!

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Karena, I would so love to have a book like this, I do have one with paper and paint finishes for designs, yet the fabric uniquely sewn into the book would be grand to display.

The models dresses stun.

Thank you Karena for always posting the most unique.

See you and your beauty soon.
How are you feeling these days? I hope health and your care is at its best.



Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Karena! Thank you for coming to visit this beautiful Sunday morning! I am always fascinated by the idea of freedom, of birds, of movement...and the constant sloughing off of layers to reveal who we really are. Oh the joy! Many hugs my friend! Anita

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Karena,

Feel free to delete this comment, of course.

I've been trying to add you to my blog roll using this url:


and when I do, the thmbnail posting always reverts to an old, 2013 posting of yours. Should I be inputting something else?!

I'm at: bahama205@gmail.com

Thanks, Mark

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