THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

December 4, 2006

House of Chanel

By Diva Els 

Last year Dutch television broadcasted 5 episodes of the DVD Signé Chanel ,I enjoyed it to see the birth of a couture collection. For those of you who are interested there are some links so you can see some video previews of the episodes. It is in French but I found one translation for the documentary in English see the text below.

“Signé Chanel” follows the conception of a Haute Couture collection of Chanel. From the first sketch designed by Karl Lagerfeld towards the final result at the catwalk. The series shows on one side the mysteries, the know-how, the old crafts, and on the other the things behind the closed doors of a great couture house. A small company rue Cambon, working for a global brand.

House of Chanel click on any of the floors and names and a new page opens, you can then click at video and watch and enjoy. The written text is in german but the spoken language is in French.

Previews of the 5 episodes from the DVD

Pictures from the dvd

In Finland, Germany and France people could watch the episodes too, broadcasted by their tv stations.
Of cours I taped the episodes but for those who are interested in seeing all the episodes you can buy the dvd or video at or


  1. It was a really good series and verrrry interesting looking behind the scene. Those women work really hard under a lot of pressure. I was very tempted to purchase the DVD at the time but I hope it will be aired again sometime. Love Arte.

    Having said all that, Lagerfeld is an arrogant bore and it was really disappointing to have to watch this person. When one of his key dressmakers had her last day, retiring after having worked 25yrs for Chanel all he could muster up as comment was something stupid about himself…completely ignoring/not acknowledging that the very party he was attending was this worker’s going-away party, he didn’t even know her name!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — December 4, 2006 @ 9:02 am

  2. my SIL tivo’d it when it was on the sundance channel — it was so fascinating to watch. i liked seeing the shoe guy and the braid lady (what will they do when she dies?).

    Comment by mamafitz — December 4, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

  3. I was so disappointed to miss this when it first aired. Maybe I’ll ask Santa for the DVDs for Christmas. Thanks for the review!

    Comment by Gorgeous Things — December 4, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

  4. Els, I’m so glad you posted this here! I wanted to look for the link on PR but didn’t even know where to look. I totally blame you and Phyllis for my current Chanel obsession.

    Comment by Lisette — December 4, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

  5. Oooh that was to watch – I may have to look for the DVD as well!

    Comment by Phyllis — December 4, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

  6. It was shown here in the UK and is to be repeated on BBC4 from 18 December.

    My favourite was Mme Pouzieux, when she wouldn’t make her braid until she had the harvest in!!

    All those ladies work incredibly hard and are totally devoted to the brand of Chanel. KL is so far up his own a**, it is so funny to watch.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 5, 2006 @ 5:03 am

  7. I watched thi when it originally aired on BBC4, and I still have them all tivoed, just waiting for a marathon re-watching session! (Does anyone know if they’ll ever come out on dvd?)

    I just loved seeing inside the sewing culture going on in Chanel, and the quantity of sweets those women ate was amazing! I’d never be able to cope with that level of perfection, that’s for sure!

    Comment by melissa — December 5, 2006 @ 8:50 am

  8. Out on dvd in the UK, I mean (or does the French version include English subtitles??)

    Comment by melissa — December 5, 2006 @ 8:53 am

  9. I am so loving this. Thanks

    Comment by Ms. Place — December 5, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

  10. I would love to see this. Just a warning, European DVDs are region 2 and will not play on US DVD players. Look on the DVD for the world symbol to see if it is region 1 or 2. You must buy region 1 for US DVD players. You can set your computer to play another region, but it is a one-time choice and there is no going back. I lived in Europe for 3 years and we had elaborate systems with our TV, computer and X-large monitor to watch movies and download our ONE US Tv show a week. It took all week to download one TV show using our ADSL connection. Cable internet was not available.

    Comment by Pamela — December 5, 2006 @ 11:22 pm

  11. Hi. Your blog is great ! I leave in France and I love fashion. If you enjoy shoes, take a look on my shoes
    Marina (from France)

    Comment by marinamode — December 8, 2006 @ 4:43 am

  12. I saw this when it came out on the Sundance Channel. It had English subtitles. Those seamstresses…my goodness, so talented, but so overworked. I loved this show.
    You might want to keep an eye on the Sundance Channel to see if they show them again.–>

    Comment by Anonymous — December 11, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

  13. […] craftspersonship, wit or style. The contrast, between the cheap sensationalism of this show and the Chanel couture fly-on-the-wall documentary shown on BBC4 recently, which showed the mindboggling range of creative skills of the Chanel […]

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  14. Chanel has always been one of the top designers around since I was a kid. I love their new stuff, as well as the old. I would love to get my hands on a vintage chanel purse!

    Comment by vintage chanel — December 31, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

  15. Neat information:D I will definitely come back again:)

    Comment by Begodeete — May 20, 2009 @ 6:44 am

  16. […] You will see Madame Jacqueline and Madame Céline at work, plus the exquisite embroiders from Lesage. You probably remember them from watching the video Signé Chanel which I did a post about in 2006 House of Chanel […]

    Pingback by The Making of Chanel Couture « THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion — July 19, 2009 @ 8:37 am

  17. You can view the 5 episodes on Youtube, just search “Signe Chanel” on Youtube.
    Have fun watching^^


    Comment by Dévi designs — January 15, 2010 @ 8:41 am

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