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PBS documentary on Haute Couture

Sunshine | Posted in General Discussion on

This past week my local PBS station has been showing a 1 hour program called “The Secret World of Haute Couture”.  It was done by a woman in the film industry who is also fascinated by the couture scene, even tho she is definitely not a model or a fashionista.  She interviewed several wealthy women who own haute couture, a few designers (including Karl Lagerfeld), and others who are involved in producing the couture designs. It was really an interesting show to watch, especially during discussion about the quality and some of the techniques used in sewing the garments. I have absolutely no hope of ever buying haute couture – my DH would probably divorce me if I spent $25K on a dress!  While watching the show, I kept thinking that we who sew can duplicate much of the quality and design originality. I always have to work from a pattern, but that doesn’t mean that it could’t be a designer look-alike, with custom features. Isn’t that what Vogue patterns is counting on us to think?

In any case, if anyone has a chance to watch/record this show, I think it will be well worth your time!


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    Thank you so much for the heads up. I will be watching for it on my local PBS station. I eat this type of info. When DH and I finished the addition this past winter, I conceded to an HDTV. I figured he built me this amazing little studio so I could acquiesce on the TV, all 42 inches and all. I am not a TV person as a rule. However, one of the HD channels is UltraHD and carries runway shows around the clock. You get editors from the various fashion mags critiquing the garments and designers. It is all quite fascinating and quite shallow as well but I love every minute of it. Last night I watched the Giorgio Armane Prive couture collection. I truly have never seen more beautiful, flattering, feminine clothing. Every model had a tiny little hat to match her outfit, often kind of a turban style with her hair woven in. It was just such fun to watch. I would have worn every garment in the collection if I had the wherewithal. I love to see all the details and fabrics and in HD you can see each bead. So your notice of the PBS program is right up my alley and I can't wait to see it. Thanks again. Did anyone else get to see it? solo

    1. fabricholic | | #2

      On my PBS station they have been advertising HQ television. You have to have digital t.v. It gives a list of all these sewing shows that come on very often in the morning and at night. Check on the web your local channel and see if they have it. I can't find it on my t.v., yet and I thought I had a digital t.v. You, having HDTV, should be able to get it. Marcy

      1. solosmocker | | #3

        Thanks, I will be on the lookout. HD comes in different networks and we get ours thru Dish network. There are great channels but no PBS. For the local and PBS channels on HD we have to get another sort of set up. I am looking into that. Just don't want to pay any more money than we have to. One of the issues up here is there is no broadband or fiberoptics so the only way to get any TV at all is with a dish. My computer is dialup, yuk. Believe me, I am out in the boonies! Thanks for the headsup.

        1. fabricholic | | #4

          There are benefits to living in the boonies. Peace and quiet, I'll bet.Marcy

        2. proegge | | #5


          I know what you mean about living in the boonies!  We do too!  But we also have Dish Network, and we only pay $5.00 per month extra to get the local networks, including the PBS station.  You might check into it.


          1. solosmocker | | #6

            Thanks. We get PBS, we just don't get it in HD. I DVR Sewing with Nancy and Sue Hauseman every week. To get the local channels, PBS included, we have to have an additional type of antenna system, kind of like rabbit ears, if you remember what that is, to get the local HD. I hope to look further into this on one of my "slower" days. Summers here are very busy as everyone wants to come up to our little heaven and visit. Grandsons are next in a couple of weeks.

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