The house of Dior announces its acquisition of the Vermont embroidery ateliers - and, with it, the assurance that haute couture will forever remain the apex of the exceptional.
"Embroidery is still done by hand, just as it was in the 18th century, sometimes even on warps from that time," recalled Christian Dior in 1956, in his autobiography. "We can succeed in completely covering a dress with millions of sequins or beads placed one by one by fingers that, especially in our mechanical age, seem as though they come from fairy hands."
Today, over a half-century later, in the era of computers and nanotechnology, nothing much has changed. Embroidery remains an incomparable and bravura balancing act, defying both time and gravity. Techniques have evolved, aesthetics are constantly being revised and modernized. But nothing will ever replace the artisan's hand: embroidery is the indispensable handmaiden of the haute couture - they share the same values, those rooted in excellence, and accept no substitutes or half-measures.
When it comes to genuine master embroiderers, there are very few left. Much as with real haute couture houses, in fact. If the skills of some have become somewhat lax, the house of Dior fully intends to never let its high standards and exigency drop. Today, Christian Dior Couture is announcing its acquisition of the Vermont embroidery ateliers. Founded in 1956 by Jean Guy Vermont, the house, which has worked for all the greatest couturiers, now has its future guaranteed. Léonard Cione, who arrived at Vermont in 1984 as creative director, will continue to perpetuate the exceptional savoir-faire. "The human hand gives an objet d'art its unique character," Christian Dior stated. Today more than ever.