What is the difference between Haute Couture,
Ready-To-Wear, and Prêt-à-Porter?
Prêt-à-Porter mean the same thing. The French translation
for Prêt-à-Porter into English is Ready-to-wear.
Basically Ready-to-wear, is garments that are
truly "ready to wear".
In other words, you view them in a
store, purchase them,
and you are then ready to wear them.
They are off the rack, high quality, garments that are NOT made to
measure. Note: Even though garments are
"Ready-to-wear", they still often need tailoring before you actually wear
Gaby Aghion the fashion designer behind the brand
Chloé was the first
to coin the term prêt-à-porter.
or Couture is
fashion that is made to measure.
other words, custom made for a specific
individual. Measurements are taken of the person, and then the
garment is made to fit them specifically
(the person buying the garment may be required to attend a few fitting
sessions along the way). Haute
couture is French for "high sewing" or "high dressmaking". 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. Couture is a
common abbreviation of haute couture and refers to the same thing in
Haute Couture originally referred to Englishman
Charles Frederick Worth's work, produced in Paris in the
In modern France, haute couture is a "protected
name" that can be used only by firms that meet certain well-defined
standards. However, the term is also often used rather loosely to describe
all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing, whether it is produced in Paris
or in other fashion capitals such as Milan, London, New York and Tokyo.
In the opinion of
Apparel Search, if you commission a Haute Couture garment,
it is wise to not gain or loss too
much weight during the time you
wait for the garment to be produced... It
would be a shame to have a made-to-measure garment manufactured for you
and then find that it does not fit as well as intended
(no fault of the designer)...
Haute Couture (Couture) refers to the creation of exclusive
Prêt-à-Porter (Ready-to-Wear) - is a high-end luxury garment,
but can be purchase off the rack and ready to wear.
It is probably a good idea for you to also learn a
bit about bespoke clothing. Did you
know that bespoke clothes are different than