The Fédération française de la couture, du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode was established in 1973.
It derives from the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture created in 1868. When people refer to Haute Couture it is usually this organisation that they are referring to.
Since 1935 its registered office has been located at 100 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8e.
The Fédération française de la couture is the executive organ of each Chambre syndicale and is run by the elected president Didier Grumbach, who continuously acts with the authority entrusted to him by the fashion industry.
The Fédération française de la couture, du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode is composed of:
* the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture (created in 1868), presided, like the Fédération française de la couture, by Didier Grumbach.
Its members are the couture houses benefiting from the “haute couture” label. This label is a legally protected appellation which can only be used by couture houses which have been granted it.
Such houses are listed on a decree issued yearly by a special commission of the Ministry of Industry.
Jacques Mouclier is the Président d’Honneur of this Chambre Syndicale.
* the Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode(created in 1973) which is composed of Couture Houses and Fashion Designers of women’s ready-to-wear. Its President is Guillaume de Seynes HERMES Fashion House) and Vice-PresidentNathalie Rykiel SONI RYKIEL Fashion House).
* The Chambre syndicale de la mode masculine (created in 1973) and composed of the Couture Houses and Fashion Designers of men’s ready-to-wear. The President d’Honneur is Pierre Cardin, the President Patrick Thomas HERMES Fashion House) and the Vice-President Thierry Andretta LANVIN Fashion House).
Together with the 3 Chambres, the Federation has about 100 members.