Couture By The Numbers

Ever wonder how many yards of fabric are used to make a couture gown or how many sequins in each piece?  Well The Cut has answered your couture questions.

Below are the couture numbers.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Fall 2009

• Most Used Materials: Leather, Crocodile, Celluloid [for the Cinema Dress]
• Yards of Each Used: Over 100
• Number of Hats: 4
• Number of Veils: 1
• Types of Feathers Used: Ostrich, Egret
• Number of Feathers Used: Approx. 10,000
• Average Number of Fittings per Piece: 2-5
• Number of Seamstresses Working: 40 [one seamstress per look]
• Number of Hours Seamstresses Clocked in Per Piece: 80 [for a jacket] – 300 [for a dress]
• Heaviest Piece: The Gold Dress, modeled by Michelle Boswell
• Weight: 12 lbs
• Longest Train: 5 meters
• Highest Heel: 14 centimeters
• Furthest Trip the Materials Took: India to Paris
• Number of Models: 26

Chanel

Chanel Couture Fall 2009

• Most Used Materials: Tweed, Silk Chiffon, Silk Tulle, Silk Velvet, Satin, Lace, and Guipure
• Yards of Each Used: Approx. 6 meters [short numbers] to 25 meters [cocktail dresses] to 35 meters [long dresses]
• Number of Hats: Approx. 20
• Number of Veils: 0
• Types of Feathers Used: Rooster, Duck, Guinea Fowl
• Amount of Feathers Used: Approx. 130 grams
• Number of Sequins and Pearls Used: Over 450,000
• Average Number of Fittings per Piece: 3-4
• Average Time Spent on a Single Look: 2 weeks
• Number of Seamstresses Working on the Finale Look: 3
• Number of Hours Seamstresses Clocked in for Finale Look: Over 500 hours
• Longest Train: 200 meters [for the wedding dress]
• Furthest Trip the Materials Took: Japan to Paris [the Silk Jersey]

Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix Couture Fall 2009

• Most Used Materials: Wool Crepe, Leather Satin, Tweed, Wool [often left from previous collections]
• Yards of Each Used: Approx. 3 meters [jackets] to 5 meters [coats] to 12 meters and over
• Average Number of Fittings per Piece: 3
• Average Time Spent on a Single Look: 2 weeks
• Average Number of Seamstresses Working on a Single Look: 2
• Number of Seamstresses Working on a Single Atelier Dress: 13
• Number of Hours Seamstresses Clocked in for Finale Look: Over 200 hours
• Number of Seamstresses Working on Bridal Dress: 4 [plus 3 more ateliers working on its additional embroideries]
• Materials’ Sources: Italy, France, London, Belgium
• Number of Models: 10

Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela Couture Fall 2009

• Most Used Materials: Lambskin Leather, Goatskin Leather, Wool
• Number of Pen Caps: 2,000
• Number of Fake Eyelashes: 245
• Amount of Chain and Vintage Jewelry: 20 meters
• Number of Bicycle Reflectors: 300
• Number of Fans: 24
• Average Number of Hours Seamstresses Clocked in Per Piece: 20 to 26 [fake eyelash vest] to 30 [pen cap smoking jacket] to 42 [chain biker jacket]
• Furs Used: Vintage Rabbit and Fox

I know we’re in a recession but there is something about extravagance and attention to the minutest of details that I love (J’adore…).

Long Live Couture!

-Septembre

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About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine, TheKit.ca, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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