Haute couture has existed for more than a century and since its origins in Paris by english couturier Charles Frederick Worth, it has managed to remain the most luxurious way of fashion making. Haute couture intended to be an exclusive kind of fashion; constructed 100% by hand (without the use of sewing machines), made with luxurious fabrics and tailored specifically for the client. It was a dream come true to the ladies of that era since the garments were one-of-a-kind. Some of the most important couturiers of the time were Gabriele “Coco” Chanel, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy and Jeanne Lanvin amongst others.
The word haute couture transmits a sense of luxury, distinction and perfect quality to the viewers no matter if it was created in the eary 1900’s or today. The skill of creating haute couture is not easy since its time consuming and a budget is not relevant when creating the garnments. At first, each couture piece was created for a specific client but today they’re mostly designed for the runway and they’re looked as pieces of art rather than just clothes.
Since haute couture requires hard work and a limitless amount of money to be created, its existence has been decreasing over the years. Nowadays, the term haute couture is protected so very few designers can call themselves couturiers. Despite of the hardness of the craft, several designers like Elie Saab, Valentino Garavano, Jean Paul Gaultier and Giambattista Valli (to name a few) have emerged to be known as the couturiers of this century.
The modern day couturiers still manage to communicate the same ideals of the creators of haute couture but without forgetting to adapt the trends of today. Another element that’s been introduced today at haute couture collections are the runways that create an ambiance that matches perfectly with the outfits which wasn’t used before. But no matter the time of creation, haute couture was and will always be distinguished by its way of creating dreams out of a piece of clothing.
Written by: Rita Arevalo
So without further do, here are some of my favorite looks (it was so hard to chose just a few since they were all incredibly amazing!) from the Spring Summer 2014 Haute Couture collections. Hope you enjoyed my post and I wish you all a good weekend!
All images from: Vogue.it