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Haute Couture refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted fashions. In modern France, haute couture is a “protected name” that can be used only by films that meet certain well-defined standards. However, the terms is also used loosely to describe all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing, wether it is produced in Paris or in other fashion capital such as Milan, London, Rome, New York and Tokyo. 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 finish, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques.
In France, the term haute couture is protected by law and is defined by the Chamber de commerce et d’industrie de Paris based in Paris, France. Their rules state that only “those company mentioned on the list drawn up each year by a commission domiciled at the Ministry of Industry are entitled to avail themselves” of the label haute couture. The criteria for haute couture were established in 1945 and updated in 1992.
To earn the right to call itself a couture house and to use the term haute couture in its advertising and any other way, members of the Chambre syndicale de la haute couture 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 five teen people full-time.
Each season (i.e., twice a year,) present a collection to the Paris press, comprising at least thirty-five runs with outfits for both daytime wear and evening wear.
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