It used to be that when we talked about haute couture we were talking about one-of-a-kind pieces, hand tailored under the personal supervision of a designer. If you've seen the film, Valentino: The Last Emperor, you know what I'm talking about. Five seamstresses all crowded around one mannequin, hand sewing sequins for eight hours a day, complaining about the "poor" quality work of the expert seamstress standing right next them.
Not anymore. Designers like Alexander McQueen are using innovative technologies to enhance their collections. McQueen'sSpring 2009 spine suit, pictured below, is a favorite of mine.I like the way the structure of the suit brings out the dimension of the spine print.
This wood grain jacket is another good example of how McQueen is using digital prints on fabric.
McQueen has also been experimenting with digital laser cutting machines to create a series of elaborate leather pieces like this bustier.
Couture Carrie has assembled an excellent portfolio of laser-cut lattice wear from other designers.