Law Couture


Yup, you caught me, just an excuse to put up some more stunning pictures but endure my waffle nevertheless!


Haute Couture is french for 'high dressmaking' and is normally made for the specific fancies of a particular customer. In France, the term is actually protected by law! The Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris (in Paris) has rules that state:


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" of the label haute couture.

And to earn the ever prestigious right to become a house of haute couture one must follow these rules:



  • Design made-to-order for private clients, with one or more fittings.
  • Have a workshop (atelier) in Paris that employs at least fifteen people full-time.
  • Each season (ie. twice a year), present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs/exits with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.


We do know however that ancient traditions do not always stand firm and the term is used somewhat incorrectly to define art, music and other types of fashion. Well enough talking, here's some haute couture I heart.

Giorgio Armani's Spring 2010 Haute Couture Collection:








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