Most of all, I enjoyed the nitty gritty insider details that are divulged. For example, the workers at most of the houses wear clinical lab coats, and the atmosphere is similar to surgery itself. No cell phones are allowed, and garments in progress are shrouded in white cotton capes to keep them pristine.
But the detail I most hung on to is this:
Traditionally, in the hierarchy of the haute couture workrooms, with its courtesy titles and unquestioning respect for the designer king, the premieres (heads) are responsible for a singe workroom, where they specialize in either flou (soft dressmaking) or tailleur (tailoring). "The people who work with chiffon can't work with tweed, says Chanel's head tailor, Jacqueline Mercier, firmly. "It's a question of sensibility."Isn't that fascinating? It made me think about my own "sensibility:" am I flou or tailleur? Well, there's no doubt that I would prefer to work with tweed over chiffon. I love wools, and in general, I like firm fabrics that tailor well. But . . . doesn't everyone? I mean, chiffon is a royal pain in the butt to work with. It's hard for me to imagine someone actually enjoying sewing with it. But perhaps this is just my "tailleur sensibility" clouding my judgment!
So this is a poll, of the most informal sort: chiffon or tweed? Flou or tailleur? Tell us your preferences in the comments, please!