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
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
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.