Julie Georgia Bernard’s fascinating documentary Handmade with Love in France celebrates the Parisian artisans who create fabulous haute-couture outfits for the likes of Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. From pleats to artificial flowers to feather art, they are all “handmade with love.”
The film focusses on four unique French craftsmen who take us behind-the-scenes of the most mesmerising part of the fashion world. They show the pain-staking process of what it takes to create the most intricate pieces of world-class clothing and accessories.
Maison Lognon has provided French couture houses with the most fascinating pleats since the start of the 19th century, while Maison Legeron stocks the top fashion houses with artificial flowers. Eric Charles Donatien serves the great couture houses who require feather art, and Lorenzo Ré has been carving hat blocks ever since the 1960s. Even Queen Elizabeth probably knows about Lorenzo’s Parisian atelier, since most of her hats find their hat blocks there!
After decades working for the most prestigious couturiers and contributing to the essence of “Haute Couture”, their workshops close down without finding anyone to take them over. What will happen to the art of fashion once they are all gone?