“Nothing about the fashion industry makes us dream like haute couture does. Extremely precise yet outstandingly creative, this discipline, officially started by Charles Frederick Worth in the 1860s.” Quoted
‘Haute Couture’ is the French word for the highest, most exclusive work a notable fashion house produces. Every year, in January and July, Paris hosts about 30 Haute Couture fashion shows.
To satisfy your couture sweet tooth, I’ve selected some of the most captivating close-ups that will allow you to see the details of my favorite gowns that hit the runways of Paris. From Chanel to Giambattista Valli, let us know which is your favorite.
The amount of time associated with creating a couture gown from the first sketch to the final fitting is absolutely fascinating. Watch The Secret World of Haute Couture.
Over 2,200 seamstresses work behind the scene, you must appreciate their unique craftsmanship (all perfected by hand in an atelier).
It can take 100 to 400 hours to make a gown, costing in the range of $26,000 to over $100,000.
To qualify as couture, a garment must be entirely hand-made by one of the 11 Paris couture houses registered to the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Each house must employ at least 20 employees and show a minimum of 75 new designs a year.