A HAND­MADE TALE

NO MAT­TER THE TIME OR PLACE, THE MOST LUX­U­RI­OUS PIECES IN FASH­ION AL­WAYS FEA­TURE THE WORK OF AN AR­TI­SAN.

Female (Singapore) - - CONTENTS - PHO­TOG­RA­PHY TAN WEI TE ART DI­REC­TION JONATHAN CHIA TEXT IM­RAN JALAL

The most lux­u­ri­ous pieces in fash­ion al­ways fea­ture the work of an ar­ti­san.

From far, they might look like Bre­ton stripes, but the bands on this shift dress are in fact made of feath­ers, first dipped in dye be­fore be­ing sewn onto strips of white silk or­ganza, then sand­wiched be­tween lay­ers of clear PVC for a floaty ef­fect. The whole process – the work of the Chanel-owned plumasserie ate­lier Le­marie – calls for two kilo­grams of feath­ers, two me­tres of silk or­ganza, two and half me­tres of PVC, and 118 man­hours per dress. PVC dress with silk or­ganza and feath­ers, $49,130, Chanel

If the blooms on these red car­pet-wor­thy san­dals look par­tic­u­larly life­like, it’s be­cause each is made up of 15 in­di­vid­ual silk petals ar­ranged then stitched to­gether by hand by ar­ti­sans from the Ital­ian com­mune of San Mauro Pas­coli – known for its long tra­di­tion of shoe­mak­ing. Time taken to com­plete a pair? Five hours. Satin and silk san­dals, price un­avail­able, Giuseppe Zan­otti

No two pieces of this mush­room-meets-graf­fiti-swathed biker is alike – its ir­rev­er­ent street-in­flu­enced art­work is en­tirely hand-painted, tak­ing about four hours to com­plete. Mak­ing it even more spe­cial: the quilted red silk lin­ing on the in­side is del­i­cately em­broi­dered with the Latin in­scrip­tion Sine Amore Ni­hil, or “Noth­ing With­out Love” – pretty much sums up the work­man­ship. Leather jacket, $9,310, Gucci

Lace is a key flour­ish in Givenchy’s Nip­pon-in­spired re­sort 2019 col­lec­tion – and not just any kind. The flo­ral­pat­terned see-through fab­ric on this peek­a­boo num­ber is Chan­tilly – con­sid­ered the most re­fined and del­i­cate of lace va­ri­eties – and hand-fin­ished by French lace ex­pert Sol­stiss. Wool crepe, crepe de Chine and lace midi dress, $7,650, Givenchy

Every head­piece by Bri­tish milliner Stephen Jones is put to­gether by hand, and the Mex­i­can rodeo hats he cre­ated for Dior’s Re­sort 2019 col­lec­tion are no ex­cep­tion. Pos­si­bly the most sur­pris­ing thing about these ele­gant woven top­pers? They’re braided from pa­per, then ac­cented by a strip of or­nately em­broi­dered gros­grain rib­bon with an equally charm­ing, earthy touch. Pa­per with gros­grain hat, $1,700, Dior

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