Valérie Colas des Francs, Art de paille, at the Maison d'Exceptions show 2/2

“My name is Valérie Colas des Francs, I work with straw marquetry. I designed a piece, a mermaid bustier, composed of scales produced in straw marquetry. I think it’s the first of its kind. It could be said that straw couture is totally new.

I had to rebuild old tools, tools for floral adornment, in order to produce and emboss these scales. The straw is initially worked on paper and then on fabric before being cut up and heated with an iron, then embossed and finally sewn. The bustier is wearable, it was worked by a couturier. This piece is the result of the work of four hands. It was a challenge for the two of us to successfully mount these scales and sew them.”