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123,670 Embellishments and Nearly 1,000 Hours of Work: The Jaw-Dropping Details of Chanel¡¯s Iridescent Couture Gown
123,670 Embellishments and Nearly 1,000 Hours of Work: The Jaw-Dropping Details of Chanel¡¯s Iridescent Couture Gown

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This shimmering Chanel couture look has a whopping 123,670 embellishments¡ªand that doesn¡¯t even include the boots. Here, the house shares exclusive details and images of how the dress was made.

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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Pretty?is the word that comes to mind when you flip through Chanel Spring 2018 Couture. Pastel tweed suits, feather-trimmed coats, shimmering gowns¡ªas?Vogue¡¯s Sarah Mower put it, the show embodied ¡°what couture season in Paris used to be: a breath of spring wrapped in a prettiness designed to lure customers to Chanel HQ on the Rue Cambon.¡± While a fountain in the middle of the runway might qualify as grandiose for other designers, for Karl Lagerfeld, it was subdued; consider his waterfall set for Spring 2018 or Resort 2018¡¯s Greek ruins. The manicured garden was straightforwardly beautiful, as were the clothes¡ªparticularly the iridescent pastel gowns that appeared near the end. Kaia Gerber¡¯s weightless feathered minidress was arguably the most Instagrammed look of the day, but it¡¯s Grace Elizabeth¡¯s gown you may soon see on a red carpet.

Chanel¡¯s atelier shared a few special details about the dress exclusively with?Vogue. Comprised of a bejeweled, almost-sporty tank and dropped-waist tulle skirt, it features a jaw-dropping amount of work: For starters, there¡¯s a whopping 123,670 embellishments. The top alone includes 40,000 beads, 5,650 stones and Swarovski pearls, and 74,300 sequins and required 820 hours of meticulous work by Chanel¡¯s?petites mains. Zooming in, you¡¯ll notice the embellishments are so densely embroidered¡ªand some of them are so tiny¡ªthat it¡¯s hard to see where they end and begin. Look closer, and the skirt has a subtle luster, too; 440 Swarovski crystals are scattered throughout.

Even the low-heeled ankle boots were hand-embellished with 11,880 beads and 122,500 sequins. They looked refreshingly walkable with such an ultra-haute gown. Above, see Chanel¡¯s exclusive photos from backstage (where photographers are rarely permitted to shoot) and a few snaps of Elizabeth¡¯s final fitting, then revisit all of our couture coverage on Vogue Runway.

Grace Elizabeth in a final fitting.

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Grace Elizabeth in a final fitting.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

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