Monday, August 1, 2011

Haute Couture

Using the word couture loosely really pisses me off.  It really does.  There seems to be a disregard for the meaning of Haute Couture in modern fashion. 

Literal translation from french is "high dress making", so anything made in China and sold on the mass market is or should be, obviously, not labeled as couture. 

A little history:
Originally the term described the work of an Englishman, Charles Frederick Worth, who created and produced in Paris mid-nineteenth century.  Today, one has to be a member of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in order to apply the term to ones garments.  There are incredibly well defined rules of what it means to create a couture piece and only a few fashion houses in the world can do so.

Gowns by Charles Frederick Worth:

  To learn more about Charles Frederick Worth and see more photos of his beautiful couture dresses visit The Met Museum Website.

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