Haute Couture Ateliers
The Artisans of Fashion
Text by Hélène Farnault
Foreword by Hubert de Givenchy
Photographer Alexis Lecomte
  • Imprint: Vendome Press
  • Publication Date: October 7, 2014
  • Price: $75.00
  • Trim Size: 9 12 x 11 12
  • ISBN: 978-0-86565-317-7
  • EAN: 9780865653177
  • Page Count: 288
  • Illustrations: 275 color photographs/illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: North America


"In the beautiful new book Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion, you can go behind the scenes to tour the process of transforming designer dreams into exquisite finished creations...This is merely a peek into Hélèle Farnault’s fascinating tome of haute couture crafts. From workshop insights to glorious couture gowns, this is a beautiful book to inspire and inform."
"Easily getting lost in space, Haute Couture Ateliers will take you amongst embroidered stars, beaded planets, and gently drop you back to earth. You'll only wish to return in haste to any of its pages for a few moments of cosmic bliss."
Little Augury
"This beautiful coffee table book by Hélène Farnault goes backstage at the great couture houses. . . . Ever since this eye candy landed on the meeting table in the FLARE art department, productivity has gone on the decline."
"…The book offers a rare start-to-finish glimpse into a world where dreams become reality, for these artisans are the people to whom fashion’s top designers turn to make the impossible possible. As Hélène Farnault writes, 'Whether their creations are restrained or daring, traditional or revolutionary, simple or luxurious, couturiers could not exist without craftspeople…Equally the craftspeople could not exist without the designers. They are mutually dependent.' Put another away: It’s the most beautifully successful codependent relationship we've ever seen."
Celebrated Living
"This unfettered access to the best fashion artisans on the planet is a gift for any true fashion lover - and frankly, anyone remotely creative."
Franki Durbin
"This beautifully configured book, published in association with the Denver Art Museum, showcases the age's luxurious accouterments alongside vintage photographs."
Gear Patrol
"Through splashy runway shots, sketches and studies, and behind-the-scenes photos, Farnault familiarizes readers with the most powerful couturiers of our time and the skilled artisans creating their designs."
"This book is a conversation piece that belongs on every fashionista's coffee table.”
"This lavishly illustrated volume sheds light on a subject that has not been widely written about in English-language books. Recommended for students of fashion as well as enthusiasts of fashion, especially of haute couture."
Library Journal
"Those fascinated by delicate craftsmanship might just have to eat this beautiful book up with a spoon. It's a tribute to the skilled artisans who create the many details of a couture garment, and its photographs are stunning."
The Seattle Times

About the author

Hélène Farnault is a consultant on crafts and fashion who has been an advisor to France’s Ministry of Culture. Alexis Lecomte is a Paris-based photographer who has contributed to numerous French and European fashion magazines.