Craft and tech mingle at French couture house Fournie

From Reuters - January 22, 2018

PARIS (Reuters) - At his Paris workshop, haute couturier Julien Fournie is surveying the final tucks and tweaks to his outfits as models try on his hand-stitched silk gowns, bringing to life creations he first sketched on a tablet.

Fournie is one of few designers trying to propel fashion into the modern age, with accessories created from 3D printers and sketches developed virtually.

Yet Fournies high-tech approach is barely noticeable in his latest Asian-inspired collection, on view on Tuesday during Paris Spring/Summer Haute Couture Week, one of fashions ultimate display of craftsmanship.

Vintage kimono fabrics are subtly integrated into the designs, some with intricate origami-style adornments.

New technology isnt about doing dresses with blinking lights, Fournie said in his studio after an afternoon of fittings. We realized that in fashion, technology is only interesting when it disappears.

For his couture house - a small team of seven - that means doing as much of the creative work as possible online, from conceiving looks to exchanging samples with textile suppliers virtually.

Fournies experiments with iPad designs earned him a visit last year from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came to see how the tools were being used.


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