Haute couture (French for "high sewing" or "high dressmaking"; refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. 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 finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. Couture is a common abbreviation of haute couture and refers to the same thing in spirit (thank you Wikipedia)
|Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012|
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- Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
- Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
- Each season (i.e., twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.
Chanel Couture Spring 2011 Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
So now when someone says, "That's so Haute Couture!" you can snootily turn your nose up at them and say "Of course that isn't Haute Couture, do you even know what couture means?!"