Valentino, Couture, AW11, Paris.
There were some exquisite details used in the recent Valentino Couture collection for Autumn-Winter 2011. From fine plaited trims, to near invisible laces, and rows of tiny pearls that were handsewn into position. There was a real respect for the beauty of the fabrics in these garments that made intricate handwork and time consuming beading appear light and effortless.
The fastenings for these garments were also fine and elegant including invisible zips, hook and eye closures, and self-covered buttons. Covered buttons are often used in high end garments and bridal wear for their ability to blend seamlessly with the garment. Essentially you create small circles in your chosen fabric and gather the fabric around the button with a thread that runs around the outside of the circle of fabric. You then stitch the fabric securely in place and the backing plate then clips into the back of the button to hold the fabric in place. Covered buttons can generally be bought in kits and come in different materials as shown below.
Catwalk images from Vogue.co.uk»
Covered button images from MacCulloch & Wallis»