You may not be familiar with Sophie Hallette, but if you have a taste for couture lingerie then you probably have this label in your undies drawer without even knowing it.
Sophie Hallette is one of France’s largest and most esteemed lace-makers and supplier to many of the world’s great fashion houses and lingerie labels. In the past year alone, the 120-year-old dentellière has leant is exquisite patterns to new lingerie collections from Aubade, Princesse Tam Tam, Agent Provocateur, Nina Ricci, Wolford, Andres Sarda and Lise Charmel‘s breathtaking Look Fatal range.
But most people around the globe will know Sophie Hallette’s work from an unforgettable, one-off moment in history — this spring’s Royal Wedding.
SH was responsible for creating the lacework for Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding gown, delivering an exclusive pattern of roses, shamrocks and lilies that was painstakingly hand-sewn onto the gown’s décolletage, sleeves and train.
Now, the French lingerie label Etam is capitalizing on the lacemaker’s historic moment in the fashion spotlight by introducing a limited “prestige” collection called Sophie Hallette for Etam.
There are more than a dozen pieces in the Sophie Hallette collection that show off the diversity of the lacemaker’s patterns. (Have a look at the portfolio on the Sophie Hallette website to see more than 2,000 incredible patterns in their catalogue.)
To be honest, some of the items in this new Etam collection (like the Silky set in the top photo) showed up earlier this summer when Etam rolled out the lookbook for its Fall 2011 range.
But who can fault Etam for paying such a tribute to one of the industry’s great artisans? Perhaps Etam is simply piggybacking on the demand for all-things-Kate-related, but there’s something touching about the label’s decision to shine a well-deserved spotlight on a partner that is less well known to consumers.
Besides, if it turns a new generation of fashionistas into lace connoisseurs, Etam will have done a valuable public service!
Below are a few of the sets included in the Sophie Hallette for Etam collection, followed by an illuminating video that looks behind the scenes at Sophie Hallette.