For quite some time now I’ve noticed folks using “couture” as freely as they use the words love, obsessed, and epic. I wasn’t always sure what made something couture but I thought, “surely everything can’t be couture. It can’t just be couture because you say so…right?”
It turns out I was right.
Clothes don’t earn the label just because they debut in Paris, or because they walk a runway on Lara Stone’s back, or because they cost an obscene amount of money.
The internet says couture (with a little ‘c’) is “the design and manufacture of fashionable clothes to a client’s specific requirements and measurements; fashionable made-to-measure clothes.”
To design couture, to become a couturier, one must be certified by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and follow these rules:
- Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
- Have an atelier in Paris that employs at least 15 people full-time.
- Each season present a collection comprised of at least 35 looks for both day and night.
Though the first couturier, Charles Frederick Worth, was a Brit, the following Parisians and French houses are the only certified couturiers: Adeline André, Anne Valérie Hash, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Dominique Sirop, Franck Sorbier, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maurizio Galante and Stéphane Rolland. There are four correspondent members: Elie Saab, Giorgio Armani, Maison Martin Margiela and Valentino, and a rotating list of guest designers.
What else does it take to make couture?
Read more at Fashionista.com