I’m always amazed by some people’s timeless quality. Be it through their work or their features, they ignore the passing of time, defying numerous changes of fashions and seasons and keeping strong, just being who they are. Stella Tennant, I think, is one of those above – time people.
Her couture pictorial for The Wall Street Journal is unquestionably modern and contemporary, but there’s something about those images, something that seems from times passed. Photographed by Daniel Jackson and styled by Tina Laakkonen, Stella is wearing amazing Haute Couture pieces. I loved the details provided within the pictorial – for instance, the Givenchy Haute Couture dress totals thirty – eight yards of satin and was made in 480 hours. (click through to discover more)
The Valentino Haute Couture gown (above) which was made in 1,200 hours by five artisans, was the first piece of the collection sold the very morning after the show (to a young Brazilian client, they say). The chocolate Armani Prive dress was ready in almost four weeks of embedding crystal sequins (after a previous of 250 hours worked on the construction of the dress itself).
Only 150 hours, four tailors and one head seamstress were necessary for the gray Atelier Versace dress! Two artisans and 100 hours each were necessary for the deconstructed trench from Gaultier Paris. And finally, for the Elie Saab Haute Couture embroidered dress, an impressive number of eleven people worked on finishing it: three seamstresses for the dress only and eight artisans for the embroidery – they all worked for 250 hours on the gown. Head spinning, isn’t it?