The End of Haute Couture? Maybe not…

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The End of Haute Couture? Maybe not...

above photo Irina Lazareanu by Benjamin Kanarek in Christian Lacroix Haute Couture

….  Here is a counter argument to my last post about “The End of Haute Couture” from my Fashion and Beauty Director, Frédérique Renaut, who worked in several Haute Couture Houses.

I am quoting Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar offering a compelling economic argument for the institution’s importance:

“When it comes to couture, in addition to the craftsmanship, which we are in danger of losing, we have to think of the sheer amount of jobs it sustains. People say we should be saving, but actually we should encourage the people who have the means to spend. Too many people think it’s frivolous, but couture generates huge amounts of income.”

I have worked many years in several Parisian Fashion Houses (Louis Féraud, Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy who was designed by Alexander McQueen at the time) and I have to say that Couture is not dead…

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Article by Benjamin Kanarek, Photographer

I was born and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Never quite sure what I wanted in life, I fell into many things by accident. Photography, Web Concept development and Creative Direction are just a few examples. I played drums in a few punk rock groups, one of which, the “Existers”, was produced by John Cale. Another, the “Poles”, had a semi-successful hit called “Telex Love”. Afterward, I entered Carleton University where I studied Architecture. I then worked in several companies, including Webb Zerafa Menkes & Housden, best known for designing the CN Tower in Toronto. After a serious accident where I fell from a five meter mezzanine, I literally fell into photography. There was a photographer taking photos at the party and I landed on his toe!!! My second shoot was an advertising campaign in Toronto. While in Toronto, I was the first Canadian photographer to shoot Kim Alexis, which I did for the cover of Chatelaine. I moved to Los Angeles and stayed there for just over a year before moving to New York. In NY, I shot quite a few campaigns as well as the Dayton Hudsons Christmas book with Andi McDowell, Elle MacPherson and Brook Shields. I also shot several covers for Vogue South America. I then moved to Milan where I shot for Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan. I came back to Toronto for a short stint before a friend suggested that I try Paris. After six weeks in Paris, I was given an opportunity to shoot the Haute Couture for L’Officiel. Since then, Paris has become my base. I also compose and write Pop-Rock music for several artists. I also consult as a creative director for worldwide agencies and clients. Some of the magazines I have been published in include : L'Officiel Paris, Vogue Italy, Vogue Paris, Vogue (South America Edition), Vogue Brasil, Elle (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), New York Daily News Fashion, W Magazine UK, Cosmopolitan (France and Italy), Harper’s Bazaar Italy, Votre Beauté, Biba, Flare, Glamour (French), Chatelaine, Madame Figaro, Dealer Deluxe, Oyster Magazine, Deutsch Magazine, All Access, Icon, Issue One, Tank, No Name Magazine, West East Magazine…etc. Benjamin Kanarek, Photographer tagged this post with: , , , , , Read 8 articles by Benjamin Kanarek, Photographer
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