The Haute Couture shows started in Paris yesterday. I always watch them finding enjoyment in the production and incredible beauty. Lauren Santo Domingo provided a brief explanation of Haute Couture in her Instagram story on @theLSD. Sharing the history and heritage provides an even greater appreciation of a Couturier’s skill, workmanship and dedication to a very limited trade. I’m sharing an edited version of her text here.
photos and text (edited) via @theLSD
Translated literally, couture is French for dressmaking, while haute means high.
19th century Englishman Charles Frederick Worth is considered the father of Haute Couture and today members are selected by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. There are very specific rules for qualification.
To qualify as an official Haute Couture house, members must design made-to-order clothes for private clients, with more than one fitting, using an atelier that employs at least fifteen full time staff. They must also have twenty full time technical workers in one of their workshops.
Haute Couture houses create original garments for a specific client. Some houses have rules that only one may be produced for a customer, while others will allow a couple per continent. A couturier must present a collection of no less than 50 original designs of both day and evening twice a year in January and July.