Haute Couture

From WikipediaHaute couture: French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking” (or “high fashion”) refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is made to order for a specific customer, and it is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.”

Hey, I do that! However, I don’t think I’ll be calling anything Haute Couture anytime soon: turns out Haute Couture is protected by French law.

It’s true. Only fashion companies judged by the Paris Ministry for Industry (Chambre de commerce ed d’industrie de Paris) that meet specific qualifying criteria may use the label Haute Couture. A member of the Federation of Couture Houses must:

– design made-to-order clothing for private clients, with one or more fittings.
– keep an atelier (design studio) in Paris employing at least 15 people.
– present a collection of at least 35 looks for both day and evening wear to the French press twice a year.

Well, that would be nice, but I suppose for now I’m still a couple steps away from labeling anything I make Haute Couture (design studio in Paris?!? How am I going to pull that off??). Until then, please enjoy my unofficial Haute Couture dresses. Maybe I should just label them California Couture?

Made from cotton ikat fabric and lined in a vibrant blue silk. This dress features small pleats at the waist and hidden pockets.

Made from cotton ikat fabric and lined in a vibrant blue silk. This dress features small pleats at the waist and hidden pockets.

See more photos of Kim’s dress here and here.

Navy silk fabric with a hint of stretch. Lined with coral silk and includes navy piping at waist and a hidden back zipper.

Navy silk fabric with a hint of stretch. Lined with coral silk and includes navy piping at waist and a hidden back zipper.

Check out additional shots of Cat’s dress here and here.

Don’t these gals just look amazing? They take these dresses to a whole new level. Thanks Kim and Cat!

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