This is for anyone who sews and for anyone who wants to know if you’re doing things right.  This is a fabulous little film made following the creation of the Chanel F/W04/05 collection from the finishing of the last garment from the S/S04 collection to the showing of the F/W/04/05 show.

There are so many parts to this wonderful video that you need to devote full attention to it.  There are wonderful little pieces you can pick up just from a few scenes.

Here’s some idea of what these treasured 5 episodes have in store!

Yep!  Even in the best houses and amongst the best of seamstresses they have to take out stitching too for a good fit.  Lesson to everyone:  If you know the difference, take it out and do it till it looks right to you.


And pressing makes a lot of mistakes go away…just watch this segment on how they dealt with this problem!

So you must be thin to wear couture clothes?….really!!!!  First look at the size of this customer’s mannequin – she ain’t THIN!!!  And who do you think can afford these clothes….it’s the older, wealthier woman, and she’s probably seen a few good meals, drunk some pretty good wine, and not done a lot of exercise!


And indeed it is….from flat drawing to toile or what we would call a muslin.  Personally I thought some of the toiles were almost as beautiful by themselves.  They were very impressive!


And while you’re looking around the atelier (that’s what they call the working studio in a maison or couture house in France), notice how many sewing machines there are!


Karl L is in!



  1. I remember reading an article in some fashion magazine years ago about a very wealthy socialite who wore a size 20 and wore Chanel. Apparently they don’t advertise this, but they, at least then, were readily available rtw in up to a size 20.

  2. Thank you so much. That is a fascinating look into Houte Couture

  3. This is amazing! Does anyone know where I can find the ret of the videos?

    • Taryn, I have the original DVD and there are only 5 episodes on it. I never see it that I don’t learn something else from this wonderful video. I’m so glad that it’s now public and online which is a lot easier than inserting the DVD!!! All the things we feel when we are in the middle of a dilemma are the same things they feel. It’s so nice to have such expert and glamorous company!!!

  4. Could you please tell us the name of the DVD or the name of the videos so we can find them either on YouTube or via another search? Thank you!

    • I should have put this in the blog, but if you click that top graphic (it’s a link to viewing the video) it will show you the 5 episodes.

      If that doesn’t work – try this link, or copy and past this into your browser URL https://m2m.tv/signe-chane

  5. That was so interesting! When you asked us to notice how many sewing machines there are I went back and noticed not one! All made by hand. In the film they conveyed that feeling of anticipation and nervousness so well waiting for Karl to arrive with the new collection. Such amazing clothes. I laughed at the part about how much they cost – honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if that dress she finally pressed the wrinkles out of around the neck was in the $250,000 EU range. It’s a work of art after all that you wear. How much would you pay for an original painting by a master?

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