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Chanel’s new book focuses on the making of Karl Lagerfeld’s last collections

Chanel is an inseparable part of fashion history; and with the passing of Karl Lagerfeld it will never be the same. Known for his experiments with tweed and making Chanel an insignia of pure luxury, Lagerfeld is a force celebrated for his creative bravado. An avid book collector himself, he was a true-blue bibliophile and Chanel’s latest offering looks into his creative process. 

Chanel: The Making of a Collection launches today, offering a closer look into the meticulous processes that brought Karl Lagerfeld’s designs to life.

There have been many books that share the fascinating tales of the house of Chanel, but ‘Chanel: The Making of a Collection‘, which came out two days ago, gives us something else – an unprecedented look behind the closed doors of Chanel, as we journey through the meticulous processes that helped bring Lagerfeld’s designs to life.

Written by journalist Laetitia Cénac and illustrated by painter Jean-Phillips Delhomme, the book guides us through the making of the fashion extraordinaire’s Métiers d’Art 2018 collection, as well as the Spring 2019 collection he co-created with his longstanding right-hand woman and successor Virginie Viard.

“My latest collection has a connection to childhood,” says Lagerfeld in a one-on-one interview in the book. The book goes on to present, in a reverse chronological order, the detailed preparations, key contributors, and know-hows that go into each collection. Whether it’s the secret of casting a Chanel model, the fastidious techniques and specific specs that go into crafting a Chanel jacket, the roles of the studio’s key members, or the master artisans at the house’s various off-site ateliers, this book has it all, and it’s a must-read for fans of both the house of Chanel and the legendary Karl Lagerfeld.

This article by Cindie Chan first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.