Shapes and Forms

Shapes and Forms

Each country has such a unique way of showcasing their signature silhouettes, colors and materials.


You can easily distinguish them based on style lines.  

In this article, we will explore the similarities between some exotic cars and some Haute couture pieces from various countries. 

I recently got to visit the Manus x Machina expo at The Met in partnership with Condé Nast and Apple. They were showcasing Fashion in an Age of Technology. It highlighted the methods and techniques used in classic couture as well as modern, cutting-edge techniques. 
The common denominator between the two? Time and precision.

On display are garments with embroidery techniques,with Straws, 3D printing,  Laser cut fabrics and even feathers.

As we walk into the Met, there is a breathtaking display of Haute couture collection pieces ranging from the early 1900’s to the current 2016-2017 seasons.

The theme of Fashion in an Age of Technology was fantastic. It displayed the different possibilities in garment construction; Whether it be a dress made with thousands of hand embroidered Chanel Camelia Flowers or an edge-cutting 3D printed dress, it was an unforgettable moment to be have an intimate look at the garments. 
Hand embroidered pieces are always amazing to me because they respect the very demanding standards of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute couture There is a sense of the detail and time that has been incorporated into each piece. 
There are many design and construction elements in clothes and in cars that make them unique in their own ways. 
For exotic vehicles, many similar principals as Haute couture pieces are applied;
time, expensive materials, manual labour and smaller production volumes are elements that shape these high-end products. 
When there is passion from the creative to the finishing process, detail makes everything so much more pleasant to not only to the eye, but to the touch and sensation of the vehicle.
The brands production or originating country also has a highly influential factor.
But we must also keep in mind that design house may be based in Paris for example, may have a head designer from a vastly different country. Despite that, each country possesses its own signature in its product.
This not only applies to cars and fashion, but to everything else from food to furniture. 
Here are some signature clothing and car styles from different countries.
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 Issey Miyake is known for his pleating techniques.
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The Nissan Skyline GTR (r34 model shown) is known for its classic design and aggressive track performance.


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Home of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute coutureFrance has many couture houses and brands that participate in submitting two Haute couture collections per year. A gorgeous Chanel dress with a long train is showcased at the Met. 


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 The Citroen GT Concept Car (original release date:2008)


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Iris Van Herpen‘s techniques are unique and avant garde. Her signature techniques include hand-blown glass bubbles and silicone.
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In my efforts to search for a well known signature car from Holland, nothing good turned up. 
So in place, here is a symbolical tribute; the (British) Range Rover, Holland & Holland edition. 
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Dolce&Gabbana ensemble from 2015-2016 Haute couture collection
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First car: Manny Khoshbin’s Pagani Huayra, with an Hermès interior custom edition.
A wonderful marriage of Italian and French companies.
United States of America
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 Proenza Schouler Dresses at the Met
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HennesseyVenom GT (It had beat the Bugatti Veyron’s fastest car in the world title in 2014)


United Kingdom


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Gareth Pugh Straw Dress at the Met 


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What are some of your favorite brands and artists? 

Fun fact : Haute couture (High Fashion) only represents 1% of the market. 

Hope you enjoyed this article ! 

xo Violette 

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