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A quick look on Wikipedia tells us that haute couture "is made to order [clothing] for a specific customer, and it is usually made from high-quality, expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses."
Becca Carson Thrash, Houston socialite and couture collector, tells Forbes Magazine that haute couture clothing is "the pinnacle of fashion." Couture could be described as the top-tier of the fashion world.
But, according to Bronwyn Williams of Crazy Chic, not just anyone can call his or her clothing haute couture, even if the garments are handmade to order. You can't call your sparking wine "Champagne" unless it's actually produced in the Champagne region of France. And it's the same idea with haute couture.
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Williams says that some of the oldest and most famous names in fashion, such as Dior, Valentino, Chanel, and Lanvin, produce haute couture alongside their ready-to-wear collections.
Check out The Secret World of Haute Couture for an inside look into this interesting, overlooked area of the fashion industry.
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