This is a gorgeous book for fashion lovers, particularly those that make things and appreciate the art and craft of sewing.
Writer Hélène Farnault has gone into the ateliers of the French haute couture houses to interview some of today’s best loved couturiers and there are lovely images from photographer Alexis Lecomte.
But the part of the book that I have poured over is the section on the artisans who make the feathers, lace, beads, embroidery, fans and pleating to use within the couture garment. Over 150,000 people work in haute couture and this book gives you a peep inside the workhouses that keep the high fashion juggernaut going. Haute couture houses don’t pop into John Lewis for their fancy fabrics or feather trims, they get everything made for them, and the level of detail and craftsmanship is absolutely mind boggling.
Rich with inspiring images, this is a self-gifting treat for all sewers and it would make a fabulous present for one too.
Buy here, it’s £32 Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion