We all know I love a couture show. But in reading the comments I realized there are some questions/opinions concerning couture. And more specifically: Haute Couture.
So, I figured I would address a couple of them here!
What is Haute Couture?
Literally translated it means “High Sewing.” But, when it comes to fashion, it is actually a legal designation in France. That’s right, not just anyone can go around calling their shows or designs Haute Couture. There are rules! Some of the requirements include hand-sewn garments created on a made-to-order basis, custom fit to the intended’s body. Each garment takes hundreds of hours to produce- some even thousands! It is these elements that make Haute Couture so exclusive, coveted and, well, expensive.
Common Misconceptions: Haute Couture is silly because you can’t wear it./ Haute Couture must be extreme in its aesthetic.
Since when does art have rules? Especially in this day and age where the fashion set is much more daring (umm, Anna Dello Russo anyone?!) as is the general public! In my opinion it is more about the labor, the technique and, of course, the designer’s vision. It is these elements that make it art. Not being un-wearable!
At the same time, just because it is on the runway doesn’t mean it is meant to be worn- at least not always. Sometimes a look is a statement and a runway an art show. And sometimes, it is your dream look. Either way, at the end of the day Haute Couture has the ability to inspire.
The point is, while there are rules to gaining the Haute Couture moniker, once the rules are embraced and the title assigned, then the designer and their audience are free to take the journey just about anywhere.
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