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Hi! My name is Sarah and I am the face behind Glimpse Creations. I am an award winning jewelry designer and lifestyle blogger who recently spent 5 years living in Paris France. Here I will share my adventures in Paris, Fashion, Crafting and Food!

Maison Lemarié

Nothing makes an outfit more feminine than adding a beautiful delicate feather. Since the 18th century, feathers in French society have represented both fantasy and high society.  Founded in 1880 in Paris, Maison Lemarié originally worked with feathers mostly for wholesalers and large department stores as a “studio of plumes-for-garments.”  André Lemarié joined the family business in 1946 and soon began working with some of the most prestigious names in Haute Couture such as Givenchy, Christian Dior and Chanel.

In 1900, there were more than 300 feather workers flourishing in Paris.  Today, Lemarié is practically the only atelier still remaining and supplying the couture industry.  To help Lemarié survive, in 2002, Chanel bought the atelier along with six other struggling, highly specialized ateliers  as part of PARAFFECTION in a bid to preserve the unique skills of these ateliers, thereby ensuring a future for Haute Couture.

Highly skilled craftspeople working for Lemarié spend hours in the painstaking task of selecting and individually attaching feathers to dresses, handbags and hats.  They dye, thin, curl and even pound feathers to create wonderful pieces that are used in the couture process.  In another part of the atelier, workers create Chanel’s famous camellias using special metal instruments that form material into delicate layers of petals.  The camellias were first introduced in the early sixties by Coco Chanel and have since become a trademark of the Chanel brand.  The camellias have reinvented themselves since the sixties in such fabrics as tweed, fur, satin, plastic and even cardboard.

Maison Lemarié not only specializes in feathers and camellias, they are also the “go to” atelier for smocking, inserts and ruffles as needed by the couture designers.  Their atelier and the skilled men and woman that work for the company have the unique “know how” in the industry to create beautiful works of art for the couture industry.  It is easy to see that each artisan working for Lemarié has great pride in each piece they create.  The hundreds of hours spent sometimes on one garment shows incredible  patience and skill.

Please visit Lemarié website for information on the this amazing atelier.

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6 Comments on “Maison Lemarié”

  1. gardenbre February 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Wow – that pink feather dress is right out of a dream about heaven – the history of haute couture is truly facinating – how fortunate you are to be privy to it. Thanks for the education!

  2. jennifer February 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Incredible. I had no idea. I have no desire to add to my current schooling (other than go back next year!) but this is fascinating. Great post!

  3. Flora April 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    I was wondering did they teach? I mean did they have a school just like lessage?

    • glimpsecreations April 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Unfortunately they do not offer classes like Lesage. It is too bad since this seems like it would be an amazing place to learn more haute couture techniques!

  4. SnowFlake August 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Fantastic!

  5. Renate Flynn August 16, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    Beautiful photos!

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