The official Haute Couture Houses change
on occasion. There are rules etc. The list on this page
will be updated on occasion, but please note that this list
may not always be the most current.
The term haute couture is a designation
protected by law and "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,"
to quote the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture. The main criteria,
set forth in 1945 and updated in 1992, are as follows: to employ
a minimum of fifteen people at the workshops, to 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.
More Info. on Haute Couture
What is an atelier? Read the
atelier term to find out.
Haute Couture is a French phrase for high
fashion. Couture means dressmaking, sewing, or needlework and haute
means elegant or high, so the two combined imply excellent artistry
with the fashioning of garments. The purchase of a haute couture
model garment is at the top level of hand customized fashion design
and clothing construction made by a couture design house. A model
haute couture garment is made specifically for the wearer's measurements
and body stance. The made to measure exclusive clothes are virtually
made by hand, carefully interlined, stay taped and fitted to perfection
for each client.
The golden age of haute couture
dates back to the fifties, but today there are only 10 houses of
haute couture in France: Adeline Andre, Emanuel Ungaro, Chanel,
Christian Dior, Frank Sorbier, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Dominique
Sirop, Jean Louis Scherrer, Jean Paul Gaultier. Actually,
the fashion designers approved to be officially Haute Couture changes.
You should check with the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture for
confirmation of which designers are approved for this year.