What is Haute Couture Fashion?

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What is haute couture fashion, and why do runway models dress so weird? Learn about haute couture fashion in this free video on fashion design.

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In fashion we have two basic definitions of what is designers create. Either they create "couture" or they create "ready to wear" and there is a big difference between it. "Haute Couture" directly translates to a French phrase meaning high dress making, high tailoring, high garment constructing, and then "ready to wear" means just that. It's something that is made so it can be manufactured, and made so that you can find in a store, and they make multiples of it. But there are specific components that need to factor in to have it actually be called "couture". One, is has to be in France. And, in France, they have a license that they give out to only certain fashion houses and they are licensed to make "couture". Other fashion houses that don't have a license are not actually making "actual couture". So, one, you need the license. Two, it usually involved private clients and those private clients get things specifically tailored to their body structure and specifically tailored to their needs. Another component of "couture" is that it involves some sort of time consuming, hand-made, hand-done technique like beading, or hand-stitching, or hand-applique, and all those things put together, along with the license from the Government in France equals the prerequisites for a "couture" garment.


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