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Fashion with child’s eyes

Fashion with child's eyes

To design its windows and delight the holidays, Le Printemps has teamed up with Dior. Enter the magical world, where dolls become ambassadors for haute couture.

Wise as images in their tissue paper bed, they waited a long time for their appearance. Dressed, styled and jewelled by Dior, they now play the top models of the longest fashion show in the world. In two months, suspended from invisible wires, some will cover almost 1,000 kilometres in front of an audience estimated at 10 million spectators. Little pieces of cabbage, for the most part, hurrying, bundled up, noses glued to the glass, at the great magic of Christmas. The show, an institution, takes place this year in six tables. The 2012 theme: “Parisian inspirations”. Enough to fuel the imagination of decorators who have sublimated the roofs, monuments and gardens of the City of Light to serve as a backdrop for the seventy-four “haute couture” dolls, who enliven the dream boxes. It all started on the fifth floor of 30 avenues Montaigne. In the “tailor” and “blur” workshops of the house of Dior, it took five months to design and produce “tailor-made” the outfits for the show. Embroidered portraits, long blond or brown hair retained by a fishnet, each mini-model passed in turn into the hands of Cristina, Hong-Bo or Nadège. For the luxurious rag dolls, to which a puppeteer will soon give life, they have made twelve emblematic “looks” on a scale. The tailor “Bar” in 1947, the ball gown “Nuit de Grenade” in 1960, two extravagant dresses by Galliano, the classic tuxedo too were cut from the same fabrics, assembled with the same know-how, the same mastery as for the originals. Nadège, the second workshop, thirty years of house, had no trouble making history. “Little girl, I made the clothes for my dolls myself. My vocation was born. “

Each model is a challenge. The armholes and miniature pockets gave the seamstress a hard time. In return, there is no customer whim to satisfy. “The rag bodies can adapt to the garment. You just have to tighten a little or move the padding, ”she jubilates. Only three outfits to finalize and the dolls are carefully wrapped. The direction the suburbs, east of Paris, with Jean-Claude Dehix, the puppeteer. For forty years, he has animated the windows of Printemps. In search of the natural gesture, calibrated to the millimetre, two to three days are necessary for the manual tests of each puppet. Then it is the assembly of the characters, scene by scene, the running-in of the mechanisms during which the dolls turn, dance, skate, three or four days non-stop. Finally disassembly for the final installation in the windows. Since their inauguration on November 9, by actress Marion Cotillard, the muse of Dior, Jean-Claude has been passing by every morning, it’s a ritual. Before the start of the daily show, the puppeteer goes backstage. Kneeling in the snowy setting, he tightens the nylon threads, performs alterations and small repairs. He will do the same every day, for two months. He may come across the wig-maker or the seamstress, who came to make a bun, reordering the bouffant of a dress. Everything must be perfect to make children’s eyes shine. the puppeteer goes backstage. Kneeling in the snowy setting, he tightens the nylon threads, performs alterations and small repairs. He will do the same every day, for two months. He may come across the wig-maker or the seamstress, who came to make a bun, reordering the bouffant of a dress. Everything must be perfect to make children’s eyes shine. the puppeteer goes backstage. Kneeling in the snowy setting, he tightens the nylon threads, performs alterations and small repairs. He will do the same every day, for two months. He may come across the wig-maker or the seamstress, who came to make a bun, reordering the bouffant of a dress. Everything must be perfect to make children’s eyes shine.

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