The métier that specializes in fine leatherwork is known as maroquinerie. Leatherworking practices have a long history with dresses and accessories, but it was only until the nineteenth century that the decorative technique evolved as part of haute couture. Embellishing garments with leather buttons, appliqués, cut work and trimming along with newer experiments using laser cuts, ultrasonic welding, dyes and stamping further cemented its use. Faux leather polyvinyl chloride, PVC, was first patented in 1913 and fully realized as a fashion tool in the 1960’s which allowed designers to create even more inventive pieces.
This is the last post in the series about the Manus x Machina exhibit at The Met. Hopefully they were a source of inspiration or at least give further proof of what imagination and skill an accomplish.
Features image Alexander McQueen (Sarah Burton)-Both A/W 2012-13 prét-à-porter: laser cut pony skin bonded to black leather, machine sewn and hand finished with Mongolian wool.