25 November 2011 by

The John Galliano Atelier has been Rewarded with An Honorary Title

John Galliano Spring Summer collection John Galliano spring summer 2012 collection

John Galliano spring summer 2012 collection

Congratulations to the House of John Galliano! This morning we doff our 1920’s sequin-embellished hat to the atelier of the John Galliano in Paris. It’s been a strange old year, we imagine – for the houses of Galliano and Christian Dior, but they must be doing something right as the French government have decided to reward the atelier, one and all, with a special award.

The atelier has been named as an Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant, or Living Heritage Company. This is for their utterly superior skills in making clothes – like a special craft award - in recognition of the 15 people who work in the atelier, each boasting more than a decade of experience in patternmaking, cutting and other techniques. Companies in a variety of sectors – including masonry, gastronomy and porcelain - have been awarded the title.

John Galliano spring summer 2012 collectionJohn Galliano spring summer 2012 collection

John Galliano spring summer 2012 collection

For years, when haute couture was in decline (although it is on the up now) people were wringing their hands that the truly skilled workers – les petits mains (the little hands) as they are called - that work for famous designers in ateliers, anonymously but with many years of training and expertise – would no longer have employment and would die out. Thanks to high class brands like Galliano (not technically couture, but still pretty haute) the techniques can survive another generation. How Magnifique!


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