CHANEL Metiers d’Art show in Paris-New York 2018-2019. A longtime cherished natural home for CHANEL’s celebration of both the historic artisan traditions and futuristic sensual freedom at the heart of the brand.
Metropolitan Museum in New York opened for CHANEL Metiers d’Art show Great Hall of the Temple of Dendur, built in 15 BC under Augustus Caesar. The Temple, originally dedicated to the Goddess Isis, serves as dramatic stage to CHANEL’s Metiers d’art show, the sixteenth in an annual midwinter celebration of heritage craftsmanship, from embroiderers and goldsmiths to shoe-makers, thriving in collaboration with the House of CHANEL. The set epitomized the fusion of modern and ancient, streamlined urban design housing a legacy of worship and wonder.
The classic codes of CHANEL intersect with Isis’ maze of hieroglyphic solar and animal signs, all highlighted in molten gold. Graphic knitwear and skater double denim followed striped-sand goddess gowns with dramatic collars and cuffs in Bond girl metallics. Lucia Pica, CHANEL’s Global Creative Make up and Color Designer, exaggerated the otherworldly beauty of Adesuwa, Kaia Gerber and Lagerfeld’s new model army with a cat scratch arc of eyeliner in white or navy, mirrored in glinting costume jewellery.
With studio director Virginie Viard by his side, Lagerfeld commands The Met, a reverence for the past combined with audacity and artistry — a modern dance in celebration of the timeless Metiers d’art. Heat and dust — a blaze of golden glory. To be continued into the park and long into the New York night.
Embroideries and tweeds by LESAGE. A rich, mineral palette informs the vibrant hues used by the embroidery House Lesage. Metallic and multi-coloured bugle beads fan out across garments like sunbeams, while patterns mirroring the palms of a papyrus leaf were hand-appliqued using a mix of glass beads and decorative metallic thread. Sumptuous adornments that feature a mix of embroidery and stones from Goossens appear as trims and ornaments on straps, bodices, breastplates and shoulders. Hand-loomed, custom tweeds brim with vivid blue and earthen-toned thread interwoven with hand-painted gold ribbon.
Gold, a symbol of Ancient Egypt, gleams throughout the CHANEL Metiers d’Art Paris-New York collection. A reflection of the sun’s rays, it lends its radiance to the Metiers d’art embroideries, tweeds, jewelleries and accessories.
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