London and Haute Couture embroidery
LONDON AND HAUTE COUTURE
Today I would like to share some impressions from our trip to London, to study a course of Haute Couture embroidery in Central Saint Martin’s University and obviously to enjoy this amazing city.
We’ve arrived a couple of days before the beginning of the course, and as responsible tourists, covered miles and miles of walking each day. It wasn't enough to see even 1% of what London has to offer, but at least we crossed off our must-see list the main hallmarks: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Covent Garden, Kensington Gardens and the London Eye.
I was fascinated by the World of Haute Couture for quite a long time, and since it is impossible to acquire knowledge in this field in Moldova, the main purpose of the trip
was to make one more step towards my goal: creating dresses worthy of international catwalks and the red carpet. For this reason we couldn’t miss a visit to Harrods –
one of the largest and most luxurious department stores in the world, displaying dresses worth of tens of thousands of pounds, available to admire in very resplendent detail.
And finally comes the long awaited moment to start the Haute Couture Embroidery course - 2 weeks studying the fundamentals of embroidery techniques, how they are taught in France, and practiced in all the Haute Couture maisons. Our teacher, Ms. Elisabeth Rouleau, has an experience of collaboration with Hermes, Chanel, Elie Saab and runs her own studio in Lyon.
On the first day, 7 hours of non-stop manual labour and extreme concentration passed so quickly, that students continued working even after the tacher left. Although the result of the first week was just a small heart embroidered in different techniques, the idea that I am now part of the Haute Couture world makes me proud and impatient to continue studying.
The second week - a huge amount of work done, hard and incredibly interesting. Only now I’ve got an understanding of what lies behind the words “manual labour” and why it's so expensive. This course gave me the assurance that I am on the right track and the next step will be studying at the Ecole Lesage in Paris.
Of course London isn't really England, and to compound ouf travel experience, we decided to use every weekend to make a memorable trip outside the city. So, on the first saturday morning, we packed some snacks and hit the road to Cotswolds, a famous rural area of England, the land of charming little villages, fairytale gardens and absolutely surreal landscapes. Words are not enough to describe the beauty of what we've seen, and I promise you will not regret if you ever decide to visit.
The second weekend we took a trip to Devon and Cornwall. One more journey filled with cinematic sceneries, landscapes worthy to be put on canvas, places recalled in legends, and lots of delicious food :)
So, we return home, with tons of pictures, and a load of information, and I cannot wait to start working on my first couture dress. Details coming soon :)