What does it take to be a couturier?

What does it take to be a couturier?

Being a couture house is one of the big dreams of fashion designers. But it is not an easy task. To be called an haute couture house, a business must belong to the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris. This means being in an exclusive club with luxury houses like Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and others. It must also employ 15 or more people who often specialize in one area, such as feathers, fabric, buttons, shoes, etc. Collections must the presented twice a year and each presentation must include at least 35 separate outfits for day and eveningwear. Made from scratch for each customer, haute couture clothing typically requires three fittings and takes from 100 to 400 hours to make one dress.




Nadina Elekse