Sew What



“I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.” 

― Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Andrew B. Clayton

Christian Dior and his model Victoire in 1954

“A lot happened in Vancouver. It was my first Western experience. I learned English, which is my second language. I became very acquainted with Western culture. I had my first sewing machine when I was 9. I trained in fashion illustration when I was in school.”

–  Jason Wu

Inside the Chanel Couture Atelier

(Photography by Osma Harvilahti)

Dior A/W 16/17 Ready-to-Wear Show

“Women derive a pleasure, incomprehensible to the other sex, from the delicate toil of the needle.” 

― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

A women sews embellishment on lace for Chanel haute couture s/s 2002, photographed by Ferdinando Scianna

By Tracciamenti

“My mother had a sewing machine. I was never allowed to use it, but I was so fascinated by this little needle going up and down joining fabric together that I’d use it when my mother went out to feed the chickens.”

–  Philip Treacy

Broderies Vermont in Haute Coutures Ateliers

Margaret Howell Spring 2012

Campaign By Koto Bolofo

Ralph & Russo


“I have to say, I grew up with fashion because my mother was a seamstress, and she had an atelier. She would cut the first pattern, and then she had people working for her. So I grew up in an atelier, watching people all around me sewing. I was fascinated. “

– Donatella Versace

Dada by John Heartfelt

Cécile Henri Atelier

“A good use for me is to let me go away with my sewing machine and come back with some really new stuff.”

– Betsey Johnson


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