The term Haute Couture describes luxurious, elaborately detailed and finished one-off pieces, combined with sometimes extravagant designs. Born out of the first fashion houses to set up in Paris in the late ninetheenth century, couture is still at the very upper end of the fashion spectrum. servicing to the clients every of the couture family, the haute couture shows in Paris represent an opportunity to showcase their design talent and act as a reminder of the immense creative ability of the designers behind the labels.
In France, Haute Couture is a protected term, which can be officially used only by designers who meet well-defined standards set by the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture. The terms ‘bespoke’ and ‘made-to-measure’ may also be used for any garment that is created for a specific client, but are quite often found in the realms of menswear. To add the confusion, many designers say their work is haute couture when, technically, it is not, and made-to-measure can also describe a service whereby ready-to-wear garments are adjusted to fit the specific needs of the customer.