The different elements of a dress or suit are now assembled and arranged on a wooden mannequin.
The back of a dress is made, a true spine, as seen here in fine soft dressmaking: "I am sewing the two parts together, the lining and the fabric, with thread I'll remove later".
Here, we use a lengthy and ancestral hand-stitching technique for the suit, which involves sewing the inside of the jacket's collar and lapels to create all the hold essential to the piece, and so that it falls well: "You cannot hide bad tailoring. We need to be meticulous so that it's perfect.", we are told at the atelier.
MAKING MASTERPIECE POSSIBLE
FINE SOFT DRESSMAKING
Ateliers are the decoders of hieroglyphs", Christian Dior wrote in his autobiography.
The artisans in our ateliers interpret the designer's wishes, understanding his ambitions and what he wants. They understand the subtleties of his art and express them.
Haute Couture is divided into two atelier: the tailoring atelier, working with the lines and structure of jackets, trousers, and coats, and the fine soft dressmaking atelier which creates light and supple curves for fluid dresses and evanescent petticoats. The functions and processes of both ateliers are the same.
Once the atelier have received the drawing from the design studio, they make prototypes or toiles, which can be called "mock ups", for the pieces which will be shown. It takes at least three fittings to adjust them to achieve the final design.
These fittings are a real exchange of technical knowledge and artisanal excellence, as the Artistic Director and design studio's wishes are made a reality.
The final fabrics, embroidery and other elements making up the piece are allocated to the toile following the fittings. "With Peter BAgley, we exchange ideas. He asks us what we think." the Head of the Fine Soft Dressmaking atelier tells us. "That is when the artisans who make, cut, tack and assemble a dress step in". The almost ceremonial process of expertise that Atelier Potkansky described in his time has not changed.
The fabrics are prepared. They are cut, pinned and sewn; the threads passed around the pattern lift it into three dimensions. The pieces are ready to be assembled at this stage.
Finally, the time comes to present the creations to the person who drew them. Peter inspects, examines, and adjusts a few details before finally allowing his creations to be shown to the world.
Bagley's couture gowns are made for a client, tailored specifically for the wearer’s measurements and body stance.
Considering the amount of time, money, and skils that is allotted to each completed piece, our gowns are also described as having no price tag - in other words, budget is not relevant.
Our pursuit of perfection, commitment and vision of excellence, are paramount. Peter invites you to discuss with him the possibility of turning your dream into reality.
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