Handmade with Love in France

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France | 2014 | 70 minutes | Julie Georgia Bernard

Behind the extravagant haute couture outfits of designers such as Chanel and Dior are actual hardworking French artisans who make everything by hand and are passionate about their craft. A celebration of those individuals and a sobering look at the unsure future of this small group of ateliers.

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Behind the extravagant outfits and runway shows of fashion labels such as Chanel, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent are actual hard-working French artisans who hand make everything and are passionate about their craft. This documentary is a celebration of those individuals and also a sobering look at the unsure future of this small group of ateliers. Gérard Lognon specializes in handmaking pleats, Bruno Legeron is an expert at designing the perfect artificial flowers and feathers, and Lorenzo Ré is one of three remaining sculptures of hat blocks, which are wooden blocks carved by hand to design the shape of hats. Unfortunately, many consumers of high fashion products aren’t aware of their origins, as shown in a series of spontaneous interviews with customers outside a show, who, when asked who crafted their dresses, couldn’t respond with anything other than “Dior.” Several factors threaten these ateliers, besides general ignorance, such as the increasing pressures of time as the number of collections by designers dramatically increase, and the dwindling interest in learning these intricate crafts. Handmade with Love in France is a fascinating peek at the magic that goes into the dazzling designs of haute-couture fashion and the very real individuals that make it happen.

Director Biography
Julie Georgie Bernard studied film at New York’s School of Visual Arts. She directed three short films, including My Demise, which was screened at the New York Film Festival. After moving back to France, she directed a fashion TV program La Mode La Mode. Handmade with Love in France is her debut feature.

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  • Original Language Title: Le Temps Suspendu
  • Director: Julie Georgia Bernard
  • Principal Cast: Lorenzo Ré, Gérard Lognon, Bruno Legeron
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 70 minutes
  • Producer: Diane Jassem, Grégory Bernard
  • Screenplay: Julie Georgia Bernard
  • Editors: Julie Georgia Bernard
  • Music: Gregori Erman, Emmanuel Pothier
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Realitism Films