A pregnant woman in a virginal Empress-style dress in neoprene concluded Chanel’s Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2014/2015 fashion show. She entered the Grand Palais in Paris as if it was a church. She was wearing gold sandals and a huge dress with a long train embellished with gold embroidery. On the arm of Karl Lagerfeld, the bride transformed into the metaphor of creation and birth, a modern Virgin Mary.
Karl Lagerfeld went back through the ages to create a new Chanel bride. She was Virgin Mary, but also the medieval bride painted by Dutch Rennaissance painter Jan Van Eyck. She was the Empress Josephine, crowned by her husband, revealing her graceful white dress adorned with gold embroidery. But the Chanel bride was also the Italian Renaissance Woman, throat bare, a cone-shaped torso refining the waist. A clear, natural line liberating the silhouette of the woman, giving the torso the majestic shape of a triangle.
The haute couture wedding dress is an innovation. It’s made of neoprene, the material used for diving suits, which allows the dress to be sculpted on a mold, without sewing it.
VIDEO: FASHION SHOW CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2014/15
CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE 2014-15 FALL/WINTER