HANDMADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE

HANDMADE WITH LOVE IN FRANCE

    Price: $350.00

    Code: 2526
    Format: DVD

    Directed by Julie Georgia Bernard
    2014, 70 minutes
    Purchase: $350 | Classroom rental: $125
    Optional closed captions

    The French title—time suspended—perfectly captures this affectionate celebration of the artisans who create fabulous haute-couture outfits for Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent: M. Gérard Lognon, a third-generation specialist in pleat-making; M. Bruno Legeron, a designer of perfect artificial flowers whose atelier opened in 1880; and M. Lorenzo Ré, one of three remaining sculptors of wooden forms for hat-making.

    More than just a vibrant and poignant documentary, Handmade with Love in France is also a significant historical document that arrives at a key moment, as these ateliers face a triple challenge. Firstly, the pressures of time and productivity as the number of collections produced by designers increases exponentially threaten to overwhelm these small craft firms. Secondly, the problem of succession is a constant: just who will take over these businesses after the aging proprietors step away? Thirdly, the very fashion houses they serve seem eager to take over the ateliers.

    With a sense of humor inflected with a touch of French irony, these craftsmen discuss current trends, commenting wryly, for example, on mass-produced garments supposedly "made in France" which are, in fact, manufactured far outside its borders. Bernard allows us to inhale their enthusiasm. We luxuriate in their skills and the beautiful shapes, textures and colors they create. This is a delightful look at a vanishing breed.

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    Festivals & Awards

    *Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival
    *Official Selection, Seattle International Film Festival
    *Official Selection, Minneapolis / St. Paul International Film Festival



    Reviews

    "In documenting what appears to be the end of the small Parisian atelier, the film also captures both the history and exceptionally skilled work of the craftspeople profiled. Viewers do not need to be fashionistas to enjoy the film and appreciate the message. Recommended for fashion and business studies, as well as general collections."-Educational Media Reviews Online

    "Recommended for anyone interested in the fashion industry and craftsmanship in general. A fascinating look at this little-known art that may soon disappear forever." – Library Journal

    "Recommended. In documenting what appears to be the end of the small Parisian atelier, the film captures both the history and exceptionally skilled work of the craftspeople profiled." – Educational Media Reviews Online

      "An interesting portrait of a little-seen aspect of haute couture, this is recommended."– Video Librarian

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