Passementerie is the art of making elaborate trimmings (passements) of applied braid, metallic cord, embroidery, silken threads or beads for the detailed enhancement of clothing or furnishings.
Examples of Passementerie is the adornment used on military or royal dress uniforms, couture and bridal wear, trims on draperies, lampshades and theatre prosceniums.
MAISON BOUDIN - PARIS - 1961
In the center of Paris today, on eighteenth-century hand-weaving machines, there work a dozen craftsmen dedicated to preserving the incredibly intricate art of weaving passementarie - the silken braid, tassels and Jacquarded ribbons, each literally jewellike, which enhance the treasured furnishings of the palaces and museums throughout the world.
Here in the Maison Boudin, where the continuing objective is perfection, the men are often semi-suspended at their looms, for their touch must be weightless.
A MAN WEAVES BUT A SINGLE YARD OF RIBBON IN A WEEK
This quiet world of endless precision is remindful of the extent to which human beings will go to create a thing of beauty.
Richard Avedon photographed a collection of observations throughout his career as a fashion photographer. This portfolio followed on the heels of his much-anticipated first book "Observations," a collection of photographs accompanied with comments by Truman Capote published by Simon and Schuster in 1959.