I am a sucker for a behind-the-scenes documentary, and I’ve found one that is an absolute confection: Signe Chanel, a five-part documentary that follows the creation of a collection by Chanel’s designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Here’s the portal to this dreamworld on Rue Cambon, where the seamstresses are wizards, the stakes are sky high, and the demands of Monsieur Lagerfeld seem impossible to meet.
The access to the workrooms and the people working for Chanel makes this series juicy and intimate. Swearing couturiers! Mad dashes to deliver a gown to a client! I’m fascinated by a place where the everyday expectation is that each garment will be extraordinary, handmade, and perfect.