Monday, November 8, 2010

Boring Basics - Haute Couture

Haute = High or Elegant
Couture = Sewing , Needlework, or Dressmaking

Haute Couture = High Fashion

The term haute couture has been somewhat(very) watered down over the past few years, and is now used(incorrectly) to refer to high end or custom made clothing. Technically a design house must be a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris. The chamber is regulated by The French Department of Industry, and in order to become a member the house must design made-to-order clothing for private clients with at least one fitting, employ at least 15 people full-time in an atelier(studio) in Paris France, and present collections twice a year.  Each of these two presentations must include daytime and evening wear and include at least 35 separate outfits. 

Each season the Chambre produces a list of Design Houses that meet the requirements and are therefore legally allowed to use the term Haute Couture in connection with their collection.  For Spring/Summer 2010 the following lines are listed:

 Adeline Andre:
Adeline Andre by Adeline Andre

Anne Valerie Hash:
Anne Valerie Hash by Anne Valerie Hash

Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld

Christian Dior:
Christian Dior by John Galliano
 Dominique Sirop:
Dominique Sirop by Dominique Sirop

Franck Sorbier:
Franck Sorbier by Franck Sorbier
Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

Jean Paul Gaultier:
Jean Paul Gualtier by Jean Paul Gaultier

Maurizio Galante:
Maurizio Galante by Maurizio Galante

Stephane Rolland:
Stephane Rolland by Stephane Rolland
If you're a fashion and/or art lover these designers are all worth following.  I find it interesting to see the choice of models.  Many of the shows featured unsigned, 'mature', or larger-than-average(for the fashion industry) models.  Maybe their counterparts around the world will start to follow suit.  And as I fit all three of those categories: unsigned, 'mature', and larger-than-average(for the fashion industry), my career as catwalk model may just be around the corner.  And to think I gave up that dream so many years ago...

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