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© CHANEL FW 2017_18 HAUTE COUTURE Collection, photographer Anne Combaz - Courtesy of Chanel
© CHANEL FW 2017-18 HC - Courtesy of Chanel

Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion

13 December 2021 - 14 February 2022



Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion, an exhibition opening at K11 Art & Cultural Centre in Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside on December 13, will showcase the beauty and importance of preservation of craft from some of the most legendary houses and designers around the world.

Presenting a highly curated collection of works of fashion and artisanship and born out of a mutual dedication to preserving craftsmanship, Savoir-Faire is the latest installment of an ongoing collaboration between Adrian Cheng and Carine Roitfeld. With works of haute couture and prêt-à-porter on display, Savoir Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion will also highlight pieces of the next generation and rare artifacts from the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation.

Organized thematically and featuring a carefully curated selection by world-renowned fashion stylist and editor, Carine Roitfeld, the captivating exhibition will feature rare and masterful works from renowned design houses that include Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Iris van Herpen, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, and Valentino, and avant-garde designers such as Richard Quinn and Tom Van der Borght, along with one-of-a-kind pieces from Roitfeld’s never-before-seen private collection.

Designed to be both visually and physically immersive, the exhibition will take its audience on a visual journey into the fantastical pages of Roitfeld’s iconic fashion editorials.

The exhibition’s debut will be a global affair as Cheng and Roitfeld host two thoughtfully tailored celebrations from their home cities. On December 10, Roitfeld will host close friends and designers supporting the exhibition for an intimate reception at the historic Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel in Paris. Simultaneously, Cheng will host a special opening event, titled ‘K11 NIGHT,’ on Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Dockside promenade, sponsored by UBS AG. Connected via a virtual live stream, Cheng and Roitfeld will unify leading creatives from around the world for a cross-continent toast to craftsmanship, cultural exchange, and the official commencement of the exhibition. A charity auction will also be held at the opening event in Hong Kong. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to UNESCO and the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation to conserve and rejuvenate fast-disappearing craftsmanship.

The exhibition is a continuation of the ongoing partnership between Cheng and Roitfeld. Together, they launched K11 Original Masters last year, a three-part webinar series that brings forth leaders of modern artistry to showcase renowned century-old artisanship in a first-of-its-kind digital program designed for the social media era. The first two episodes featured conversations that Cheng and Roitfeld had with leaders from Chanel and Dior. The final installment will launch in November.

Produced by CR Studios, Savoir-Faire: The Mastery of Craft in Fashion opens on December 13, 2021, and will be on view until February 14, 2022, at the K11 Art & Cultural Centre, located at K11 MUSEA.

Attendees will have the opportunity to discover bespoke pieces and rare offerings that highlight legendary couture craftsmanship while getting the chance to observe, first-hand, the dedication and hours of input that each Maison requires each piece to carry on the time-honored heritage.


13 December 2021
14 February
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