Nicolas Ghesquiére’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris last week has launched a love affair with leather for Fall 2014. In A Dozen Girls, Juergen Teller captures both the inspiration and the artistry behind Ghesquiére’s FW14 collection for Louis Vuitton. Ghesquiére himself calls his team, “the best in the world” in terms of their knowledge and workmanship and Nicole Phelps of Style.com claims that outside of Ghesquiére’s collection, “You won’t find a more luxurious coat than the black crocodile … or a jacket as well made as the one he patchworked in different colored leathers.” How do designers begin working with leather? The University of Fashion has created a series of videos dedicated to working with leather to answer that question. Read on…
Working with leather begins with learning about leather as a material and determining how to choose skins based on the size and shape of the pattern pieces that make up the garment you are constructing. Because ordering three yards of a gorgeous leather is not an option, designers must think ahead when designing in leather. Take a look at our first video Leather: Sorting & Cutting above for more on how to select leather for your design.
Preparing leather for sewing is another important skill to learn when working with leather. Because leather is an expensive material, properly prepping your leather before sewing will save you time and money – not to mention, ensure you create a professional looking garment. Watch Leather: Interfacing & Stabilizing Seams to make sure you are ready to sew your leather pieces.
In our 4-part leather sewing series, you will have the opportunity to watch our master leather craftsman demonstrate the tricks of the trade when sewing and pressing a leather garment. And last, but certainly not least, we are thrilled to introduce Mitch Alfus a.k.a. “The Leather King” of the world renowned Libra Leather in our newest video Leather Tanning to Types. What is your experience working with leather and what more would you like to know? Tell us in the comments section below!
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