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Haute couture

Haute couture (/ˌt kˈtjʊər/; French pronunciation: ​[ot kuˈtyʁ]; French for "high sewing" or "high dressmaking" or "high fashion") is the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is high end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable sewers, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. Couture translates literally from French as "dressmaking" but may also refer to fashion, sewing, or needlework - Fashion-Era and is also used as a common abbreviation of haute couture and refers to the same thing in spirit.Haute translates literally to "high". A haute couture garment is often made for a client, tailored specifically for the wearer's measurements and body stance. Considering the amount of time, money, and skill allotted to each completed piece, haute couture garments are also described as having no price tag: budget is not relevant.

The term originally referred to Englishman Charles Frederick Worth's work, produced in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century. In modern France, haute couture is a protected name that may not be used except by firms that meet certain well-defined standards. However, the term is also used loosely to describe all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing whether it is produced in Paris or in other fashion capitals such as London, Milan, New York City or Tokyo. In either case, the term can refer to the fashion houses or fashion designers that create exclusive and often trend-setting fashions or to the fashions created.

Adeline AndréAlexandre VauthierAlexis MabilleChanelChristian DiorFranck SorbierGiambattista ValliGivenchyJean Paul GaultierJulien FourniéMaison MargielaSchiaparelliStéphane RollandYiqing Yin
Armani PrivéAtelier VersaceElie SaabValentinoViktor & Rolf
AouadiDice KayekGeorges HobeikaGuo PeiIljaRalph & RussoUlyana SergeenkoZuhair MuradJ. Mendel
BoucheronChanel JoaillerieChaumetDior JoaillerieVan Cleef & Arpels
Loulou de la FalaiseMassaroOn aura tout vu
  • design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings;
  • have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen staff members full-time;
  • have at least twenty full-time technical people, in at least one workshop (atelier); and
  • present a collection of at least fifty original designs to the public every fashion season (twice, in January and July of each year), of both day and evening garments.
  • Nudelman, Z. (2009) The art of couture sewing, London, LND, GBR: Bloomsbury Academic,
  • Shaeffer, Claire B. (2011) Couture Sewing Techniques, Newtown, CT, USA: Taunton Press,


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