It’s the day before Chanel’s haute couture autumn/winter 2015 collection is shown and in the eves of the company’s famous Rue Cambon headquarters, with its black, beige and mirrored interior, is a warren of rather more modest spaces. They’re painted bright white, flooded with natural light and furnished with nothing more attention seeking than rows of small sewing tables. Around them, quietly and with complete focus, the petites mains – literally translated as small hands - who staff this iconic house sit, putting the finishing touches to garments. These are the technicians responsible for the making of haute couture. They work behind the scenes cutting, stitching, pressing... Each piece is realised from start to finish by a single pair of hands. Haute couture is made with love and, their low profile aside, here are the most accomplished protagonists of their chosen métier in the world.
Photography by Osma Harvilahti