An unexpected but compelling design resource:
Behind The Seams: The Shaeffer Collection Volume One: CHANEL
This is a CD-based album exploring Claire Shaeffer’s wonderful collection of Chanel garments, inside and out. I doubt there’s ever been such an extensive collection of full-garment and close-up, full-color photos—over 600 images—detailing the work and influence of a single designer, so readily available; all thanks to the wonders of the pdf format. It’s been quite a mammoth task, shooting, editing pix and commentary, designing, building, proofing, testing… But it’s finally done! So, herewith some screen shots and some links, including this one that will download a 12MB PDF preview, based on an early version, with working navigation, and some example slide collections.
Imagine if The Met had their collection cataloged this extensively. You can check out Shaeffer’s Chanel collection here