Aug 282006

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The actual term ‘haute couture’ is protected by law and according to the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture, “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 thereof”.

The criteria to which a fashion house must adhere in order to be categorised haute couture were laid down in 1945 and updated in 1992.

These rules are simple, to be designated as haute couture a company must have an atelier (workshop) in Paris that caters to private clients,  a minimum of fifteen people must be employed at the workshops and they must present to the press in Paris each season (spring/summer and autumn/winter) a collection of at least thirty-five runs consisting of models for daytime wear and evening wear.

The cost for many companies to meet these requirements has become prohibitive in recent years – hence there was a period in the eighties when fashion houses used the term ‘Haute Couture’ without meaning it.

As of 2010 members of the Syndicate Chamber of Parisian Couture are as follows:

Adeline AndreAnne Valerie Hash:  Chanel: Christian Dior : Franck Sorbier.

Givenchy : Christian Lacroix : Dominique Sirop : Jean Paul Gaultier : Maurizio Galante : Stephane Rolland.

Haute couture clothing typically requires three fittings. It usually takes from 100 to 400 hours to make one dress, costing from £12,000 to over £60,000.
Today only 2,000 women in the world buy couture clothes. Only 200 are regular customers. Often, designers will loan clothes to movie stars or other public figures for publicity.

 12:04 pm  Fashion

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