Fashion houses and haute couture garments
Date Added: December 6, 2009
Fashion is an art reflecting life. Every now and again we hear the names of Nina Rici, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Versace etc. There fashion designers have a great impact upon our hair styles, what we wear, the way we put on make-up and even behave. Designers determine our choice of clothing every season.
A fashion calendar includes several very crucial events called fashion weeks. Fashion weeks are organized each season for designers to show their latest collections in runway shows and for fashion to view the latest trends. Most importantly, they display the industry what is in fashion and what is out of fashion for the season. The most prominent fashion weeks are organized in the fashion capitals, including Milan, London, New York and Paris where luxury clothes (also called haute couture) are shown.
Haute Couture is a French term for expensive and fashionable clothes designed for ladies. Couture stands for dressmaking, sewing, or needlework, whereas haute stands for refined. Haute couture items are made for a specific client from high-quality, expensive fabrics and sewn by hand normally using time-consuming techniques. Therefore, couture items are luxurious and exclusive.
Depending on the haute couturier and the garment, the price of a couture item ranges from $10, 000 for a blouse to $40, 000 and usually beyond that amount. The price includes payments for the service, work, exclusivity and superb fabrics of the finest quality.
Furthermore, every customer will get a garment to fit them perfectly. It takes around 100-150 hours to produce a handmade luxuty suit and up to 1000 hours for an evening dress embroidered with thousands of beads sewed by hand. A fashion house like Chanel, for instance, will have approximately 150 regular customers purchasing couture clothes, and a couture house like Dior will make around 20 couture wedding dresses a year.
Apart from clothes, well-known haute couture houses make exclusive luxurious accessories, including hats, buttons, belts, jewellery, shoes, handbags. Those who can afford luxury garments, pay for exclusivity and the privacy guaranteed by the system.