Introduction in Haute Couture

By Angel | October 11, 2007 2:29 am |

Backstage of Haute Couture - Christian Dior fashion collection

Dear fashion-lovers, can you tell me truth: do you like fashion weeks and various fashion shows? The same with me. And, no doubts, you’ve heard such a notion as haute couture? But, do you really know what does it mean? Well, I guess not everybody, because most of my friends, have a vague idea, what it means. Now, we all have a perfect opportunity to get acquainted with it a little bit closer.

Luly Yang Haute Couture from a window case

So, to start with, let’s find out, what haute couture is.

Such a sophisticated phrase can be easily interpreted from French to English as HIGH FASHION. Actually, couture means to sew, to make clothes, to create things and haute is something that is elegant, excellent or high. Haute couture clothes are hand made by leading fashion houses. As a rule, each haute couture thing is made in a strict accordance with person shape and curves.

Haute couture picture

Cost of haute couture clothes

Do you remember, there is no such thing as a free lunch? So, don’t even try to find one. Of course, the price depends on many factors, such as popularity of brand, sophistication of designing and so on, but, to tell the truth, you will hardly find a thing, cheaper than £10,000. As a rule, each item price goes higher than £50,000. If you are not a daughter of Bill Gates, definitely, it seems to be completely unexplainable, how a person can spend more than £50,000 for a single dress. But, here we deal with status and luxury, exclusiveness and innovative designing, not with a sum of money. For example, Chanel couture house has more than 150 regular clients.

Haute couture models

Fabrics for haute couture clothes

Truly speaking, fabrics are extremely expensive. They are mainly: expensive silks, cashmeres, linens, cottons, suede, leather and, of course, all kind of furs. Moreover, a designer can need only a special colour of fabric.

Luly Yang Haute Couture collection

Creating of haute couture clothes

As you already know, haute couture clothes are made from highly expensive fabrics, so in order not to spoil even a meter of it, fashion designers make samples of garments, or so called toiles. The cutting and the finishing is made in one room and there is always a manageress, that is responsible for this garment exclusiveness (thus, she must keep its design it a secret).

Haute couture dress drawing

The seamy side of haute couture

It is not a surprise, that haute couture industry is not a flourishing industry at all. Just calculate, how much time, efforts and people are needed in order to create a single garment? But, fashion houses still make expansive extraordinary shows and sales only a limited number of garments. So, what is it all about? It is all about prestige and chic and also, it is a some kind of advertising campaign. They sell a dream, a dream, that a person (if he or she can afford to buy such a thing) is really cool and all-mighty and, what is more, can possess and expensive elite garment or a bottle of fragrance, isn’t it cool to feel yourself one in a million?

Haute couture insciption


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16 opinions for

Introduction in Haute Couture

  • Katie | October 11th, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Great article. I knew a bit about haute couture, but mostly just from watching America’s Next Top model :) Thanks for the info!


    • mike | April 20th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

      no no… America next top model cannot even give u a good idea wht Couture is… couture is really a dream, a true Luxury.

  • angel | October 13th, 2007 at 7:18 am

    Hello, Kattie, you are welcome. I am so glad, that you found out something new for you!

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  • Nargis | July 21st, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    So,it is great,I’ve known what is haute couture but I need more to know about the culture comprasion of countries and clothing culture.If I read like that articles, it will be more good!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the info!Kate

  • Fashion Blog | January 13th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Indeed, couture dresses are very expensive, and haute couture ones especially. Nevertheless, the chic and luxurious look and tender touch worth the price.

  • lydia serrano | June 11th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Do you know where I can find figures about annual sales of haute couture or how much each country spends on it?

  • sara | January 25th, 2010 at 4:35 am

    I have a question
    are there limited number of pieces of each haute couture dress ??

  • Elham | March 3rd, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    hi , i a like haute couture techniques and need to learn more about do you now how i can improve my self or you know someone to teach me


  • On Aura Tout Vu | September 30th, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for this retrospective! Now haute couture has much evoluated… With Lady Gaga and her clothes wishes for exemple (MCQueen, On Aura Tout Vu, Armani… )

  • Kashfia | December 16th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    There was an Alexander McQueen grecian gown that cost $11,500 and a Burberry dress that cost $23,995. These ready to wear dresses cost as much as haute couture dresses. Those ready to wear dresses are extremely expensive.

  • Tafara | July 13th, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I am designing a collection of Haute Couture inspired by Latin-American dancing clothes for my Thesis and I will make 3 dresses from my collection…. So excited:)


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