Haute Couture: Impeccable Style and History

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Haute Couture

When one hears "haute couture", do they think of the unique fashion, luxurious silks, meticulate hand sewing, and extravagant costs that goes into this process? The history of haute couture, which means "high dressmaking" in French is affiliated with tradition, original style, and high quality.

To be considered a haute couture design house, there are standard rules that one must meet. These rules are as follows:

- Designs specifically for a client, with numerous fittings

- Having a designing house in Paris, with at least 15 full time employees

- Twice a year, the design house has to present 35 runs compromised of both daytime and evening wear

Haute Couture's Origin

Haute couture would not be what it is today without the aid of Charles Frederick Worth, who is called "The Father of Couture." During the 18th century, France was the fountainhead of fashion in Europe. Many affluent European women would have dresses made for them by Parisian designers even if they did not reside in France.

Charles Worth was born in England, though gained prominence in Paris with his specialized custom ordered dressmaking. He would create one of a kind designs, by using live models as his portfolio. A client would choose the fabric, and color. He would then make a duplicate of the client's order, and display it. His designs were displayed in the House of Worth.

Charles soon had a loyal following, and the term haute couture popularized.

Haute Couture Certified Design Houses

These design houses have been certified as haute couture according to the rules set by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris.

  • Adeline AndrĂ©
  • Chanel
  • Christian Dior
  • Christian Lacroix
  • Dominique Sirop
  • Emanuel Ungaro
  • Franck Sorbier
  • Givenchy
  • Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Jean-Louis Scherrer

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flyingeagle 8 years ago

Thank you for filling in my ignorance of what Haute couture really is. Some stylish pictures too.


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Talem 8 years ago from South Carolina Author

Your very welcome roy, anytime :D

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Annie Couture 8 years ago from Colorado

Thanks for enlightening the masses on just what "haute couture" truly means

AnnerBananer 7 years ago

Some of this stuff is just UGLY!

RandomX 7 years ago

I agree with AnnerBananer but hey if the people like it they can buy it xP

Cody 7 years ago

uhhhh well i guess this was enlightening...

you kind of forgot to list brands like chanel haute couture, valentino (obviously), and Versace Atelier, and Armani Prive.... but its not a big deal... unless if you wanted to leave out some of the biggest couture labels...

lydia serrano 7 years ago

Cody: Chanel is listed... Valentino and Armani are not official Haute Couture members, they are correspondent members because they do not meet the criteria set to be a Haute Couture member and Versace is a former member of Haute Couture.

Talem: You are missing Anne Valérie Hash, Maurizio Galante and Stéphane Rolland... Emanuel Ungaro is no longer a Haute Couture member

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