Chanel Spring 2015 Haute Couture posted on February 03 2015 in Chanel, french embroidery, haute couture embroidery


I seem to post an awful lot from the Chanel haute couture collections, but each season they seem to consistently turn out a ravishing flurry of haute couture embroideries! Below are some pics from last week's Spring 2015 collection.  To me, the pics (especially the first several) conjure  psychedelic garden grown by aliens that love tropical colors lightyears from now!

A gloriously colorful bolero

The outfit

Pansies.  It would be cool to compare this with the pansies in Phase VII of Japanese Embroidery!

A skirt dripping with crimson petals

A skirt of a field of poppies (?)




The Bride (I read that the train/skirt took 15 petite mains 1 month to complete!)



Chanel Fall 2014 Haute Couture posted on December 02 2014 in Chanel, haute couture embroidery

To kick off the holiday season, I wanted to share with you the spectacular embroideries from Chanel's Fall 2014 haute couture collection.  The gold and white palette of the embroideries, and their baroque design, evoke an enchanting winter wonderland, inhabited by the likes of Queen Elsa, and, not to mention, create some of the most exciting haute couture looks I've seen this year!  

Do scroll down to the end to see the magnificent embroidered train of the Robe de Mariée (wedding dress), the traditional grand finale of the show!



Apparently model Ashleigh Goode was seven month pregnant here!

The magnificent train.  

Another View



Weddings (Part I) ! posted on October 28 2014 in 18th century fashion, balenciaga, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Charles Frederick Worth, Christian Lacroix


As some of you know, I am attending my good family friend's nuptials in Hawaii in the coming weeks, so with weddings in the air, here are some images of wedding dress embroideries made over the years, from 1763-2014, to be precise.  


Wedding Dress of Mary Chaloner (1763)

Wedding Dress of Edwige Elizabeth Charlotte Holstein-Gottorp (1774) Detail  

                        Wedding Dress (1828)

Wedding Dress of Alice Wade Everett by Charles Frederick Worth (1879)


American Wedding Dress (1887)

Stern Brothers Wedding Dress (1890)


Wedding Dress by Balenciaga (1957)

Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart, Christian Lacroix (2009).  The embroidery is allegedly inspired by the drapery in Marie Antoinette's bedroom. 

Carolina Herrera (2011) (Actually this is my wedding dress!)

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2014