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Haute couture

June 26, 2007

Ok, the Haute Couture which happen in Paris is the most waited fashion shows in the world. However It is difficult to define what it is.

I’ve been looking for answers and I’ve gone to the Wikipedia, the most complete encyclopedia of the internet, and I’ve found a definetion to it. Look what they say:

Haute couture (French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”) refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted fashions. It originally referred to French fashion and in France, is a “protected name” that can be used only 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, New York, Tokyo and Milan.

Haute couture is made to order for a specific customer, and it is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finish, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.

so, reading this, I feel a little less confused. But what hit in my head is the clothes that are made in it, the people don’t use to wear them.

I wanna know what happen with these clothes which go to the runway… Look to this picture of the last Christian Dior’s haute couture show. Do you think some women will wear them?

The most popular fashion designers are Armane Privé, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Elie Saab, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino .

Ok, if you look at all the collection obviouly you’ll find clothes you can wear.

So people, what do you think the haute couture is ?If you don’t know the haute couture shows will start in the next month.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. dianabobar permalink
    June 26, 2007 8:26 am

    I think it’s art!
    Maybe some rich socialites or celeb wear them, if not they remain in the houses archive and they get even more precious through time. But I m sure there are so many rich clients who buy them for their own collection of clothes. I am sure there are lot of very very very rich clients the designers have all around the world..

  2. June 26, 2007 10:57 am

    love haute couture!!! I wish I could have enough money to have my own haute couture collection (lika an art collection) for me it´s art and it´s real fashion. but it´s shame that haute couture is losing clients and it´s so expensive to create a haute couture collection that maybe some houses would disappear… did youknow that givenchy last collection had just 7 buyers?? now that fashion is changing all the time everyday and wearing the same piece of clothing more than once is not possible people dont want to spend huge amounts of money in haute couture if they can have pret-a-porter created by the same designer. (obviously I´m talking about rich people)

  3. G. M permalink
    June 26, 2007 9:32 pm

    Thanks. I like ur blog, added it to my blogroll 🙂

  4. September 14, 2007 8:37 pm

    Haute Couture is the height of high fashion. It’s completely custom made dresses that are made for each customer specifically. The confusion comes into play when people use the term loosely. “Haute Couture” technically must follow specific guidelines put forth from the French government.

    It must be understood that the French view of fashion is years ahead of other coutries. The government has protected and encouraged the fashion industry in France for DECADES, as it has with other industries like food (i.e.-wine). It’s literally a part of the culture.

    An easy way to look at it is to think about champagne. It is named after the Champagne region of France. If it comes from any other region of France, or another country, it is referred to as “sparkling wine”. “Champagne” is a protected name that has come to describe a very specific product.

    Haute Couture is the same way. It is a protected name in France. To qualify as an official Haute Couture house numerous rules must be met. These include presenting collections twice a year which must include day and evening looks. Also the design studio, referred to as the atelier, must employ a certain amount of people. In addition Haute Couture shows are shown “in season” as opposed to ready-to-wear shows, which are shown a season ahead.

    As beautiful as Haute Couture is the market is dying. There are a very small limited amount of people who can afford Haute Couture. The dresses themselves not only vary from $20,000 to over $100,000, but there are numerous fittings involved. So if a customer lives abroad they must afford not only the dress, but be able to afford numerous international trips back and forth for the measurements.

    So why do companies have the shows which cost over a million dollars to produce?
    PRESS! If the press loves the collection (as was the case with the S/S 07 Chrstian Dior Haute Couture collection in your photos) it will appear in every major newspaper and fashion magazine. This will generates STRONG sales in the companies other products including fragrances, and accesories such as shoes and handbags.

    That is where the company makes most of it’s money, not from Haute Couture itself. But that’s the reason the build up these massive Haute Couture shows…to generate press and build their cache with the general public. Then consumers who might not be able to afford a $50,000 gown can still be part of the lifestyle through the purchase as less expensive shoes or a handbag. The consumer will still feel an affinity to the brand through their purchase.

  5. Ian permalink
    November 21, 2007 4:10 am

    I would disagree in saying that many designers just create Haute Couture to gain press. Many are entitled to live up to the Haute Couture name which is so pristine. The Haute Couture market is not as strong as what it used to be, but it remains to be a privilege given to so many. Dior and Chanel will always remain Haute Couture houses, because that is what they stand for: high fashion. Haute Couture sales could dramatically increase if the collection was directed for the customers, however, it is the designers conceptual view, which often comes across as unwearable and only remaining as a piece of art. Also, many Haute Couture clients don’t even go to Paris for their fitting. In fact, most clients don’t even attend the fashion show! Usually, the house will send a team of people to do the fitting on a plane, or at the person’s home.
    In addition, what you see on the runway is often altered to fit the customers need, it is often never what you see on the runway, but a downsized version of what that outfit was. My mother recently purchased three outfits from the Chanel Haute Couture collection, and they made the changes she requested. That’s why there is never a definite price tag on Haute couture pieces, it all depends on what you want and how you want it!

  6. suz permalink
    June 21, 2008 2:16 am

    Thanks guys for all that info, it’ll be heaps of help for my project, but a note to Ian. Could you just let your mum know that with the amount she spent on those couture pieces she could possible have fed a small country. Just something I think she should keep in mind.
    Anyway, I about the thing about having two shows, I thought it was four shows a year…or maybe that’s just the outdated information my teacher gave us.

  7. Sophie permalink
    January 8, 2009 10:14 pm

    Has anyone told you that you look like a 15 yr old boy in ur photo? lol, great pic, though.

  8. January 15, 2009 1:23 pm

    If that was a compliment Thanks… 🙂

  9. November 13, 2009 11:02 pm

    Hey – whats up. Thanks for the blog. I’ve been digging around for info, but i think i’m getting lost!. Yahoo lead me here – good for you i suppose! Keep up the good work. I will be coming back over here in a couple of days to see if there is any more info.

  10. October 27, 2010 6:37 pm

    Christian Dior is really a fashion genius, i like how he designs clothes and other stuffs””‘

  11. January 25, 2011 4:44 am

    “,` I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives useful information ;’*

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