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Monday, January 24, 2011


In France, the term haute couture is protected by law and is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only "those companies mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry for Industry are entitled to avail themselves" of the label haute couture. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992.

To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture must follow these rules:
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.

However, the term haute couture may have been misused by ready-to-wear brands since the late 1980s, so that its true meaning may have become blurred with that of prêt-à-porter (the French term for ready-to-wear fashion) in the public perception. Every haute couture house also markets prêt-à-porter collections, which typically deliver a higher return on investment than their custom clothing[citation needed]. Falling revenues have forced a few couture houses to abandon their less profitable couture division and concentrate solely on the less prestigious prêt-à-porter. These houses, such as Italian designer Roberto Capucci, all of whom have their workshops in Italy, are no longer considered haute couture.

1 comment:

  1. I was happy to read this as I am so SICK AND TIRED of having every one who has a "line" of their own, referring to it (their's) as Couture, most leave off the Haute, shortening it as if...which leads us to Couture and there are divine "hand made" garments of course...but like many other terms that have been thrown under the train in the last few years, I fear the average fashionista doesn't have a clue, what the Haute part is all about...lets hear it for the women and men who actually drape, fit, baste, pin, sew, rip out seams, add passementerie & diamante, labouring long into the night, like fey magic beings...BRAVO!