Remember when I mentioned that I went to Paris last summer? Well along with Merci, the concept store, we had to opportunity to see and explore many other amazing things. One of them was: Ets Legeron, a flower atelier or artificial flower maker. They hand make fake flowers for most of the major haute couture designers such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Lacroix and more. The coolest part is the dude who runs it is the founders great-grandson!
Mr. Legeron kindly showed us process of making flowers. It is an extremely delicate and time consuming process.
First, Mr. Legeron stretches out the silk on a frame with nails on the ends. They then brush startch onto it to make it rigid. Next they take it to a metal stamper and hand cut the silk into various petal shapes.
At this point he dyes the petals with the necessary colors. First he adds the color and then shade. He did a lot of blotting the get the color just right. Then the petals must sit overnight to dry.
Then we entered a room where four women were sitting around a table carefully shaping and creating all of the beautiful flowers. This is a very meticulous process. They use all kinds of tools to create different shapes: heat, wax, tweezers and more!
They finish the process by gluing on a metal wire and hanging the flowers upside down to dry. Then voila you have finished flowers (like the ones below).
In all honesty, this wasn’t one of the appointments I was that excited about. However, it ended up being one of my favorite places. Mr. Legeron was really funny (even though he had to have a translator translate his jokes from french to english for us). The best part was at the end, he took a box of random left over flowers, dumped it on the table, and said we could all take one!