Fédération française de la couture
Fashion Company Names  Haute Couture

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The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode brings together fashion brands that foster creation and international development. It seeks to promote French fashion culture, where Haute Couture and creation have a major impact by combining traditional know how and contemporary technology at all times. It contributes to bolstering Paris in its role as worldwide fashion capital.

The Federation numbers some one hundred members, amongst whom feature the most emblematic brands on the global stage. It comprises three Chambres Syndicales or central bodies (Haute Couture, Couturiers' and Fashion Designers' Ready-to-Wear, Men's Fashion).

The Fédération française de la couture, du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode (English: French Federation of Fashion and of Ready-to-Wear Couturiers and Fashion Designers) is the governing body for the French fashion industry. The Federation was created in 1973, growing out of an older trade association (which still exists within the Federation), the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture parisienne which was created in 1868.

The Federation comprises three separate trade associations:

Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture (English: trade association of high fashion)

Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine (English: trade association of men's (ready-to-wear) fashion)

Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode (English: trade association of (women's) ready-to-wear of couturiers and fashion designers)

The Federation also has a fashion school, the École de la chambre syndicale de la couture parisienne (created in 1928).

The Federation has close ties to the Union Nationale Artisanale de la Couture et des Activités Connexes (English: National Couture Craft Industry and Related Activities Union), a trade association of couture dressmakers in other French administrative regions outside of Paris.

The Federation is responsible for setting the dates and location of the French fashion weeks. It also establishes industry standards on quality and on the use of the word "haute couture".

Here are a few of the primary goals of the organization:

To train in traditional and new skills in the fields of creation, management and know-how. The Federation founded and manages the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and is a founding member of the IFM. These two institutions are today committed to a process of strategic rapprochement. It accompanies fashion-related training as a whole and lies at the heart of thought on tomorrow's occupations.

To coordinate and enhance Paris Fashion Week® and its offshoots, including the official calendar of shows and presentations bringing together over 150 brands with recognized uniqueness. Brand applications are examined by a selection committee that guarantees the quality and diversity that are specific to Paris Fashion Week®, a moment of creative abundance and an unmissable economic event.

To accompany the development of emerging brands by granting them financial and organizational support, and broadly speaking the overall expertise they need to structure and ease their development and exposure.

To be an actor committed on behalf of its members and in coordination with them. It expresses, both in France and on the international scene, a strategic, economic, technological, cultural and even political vision of fashion and creation. As a core element of an ecosystem resolutely geared towards the future, the Federation lies at the heart of the fashion industry's changes and challenges.