Post # 1
Since I’ve been engaged and endlessly looking at gowns, of course the word couture comes up frequently. It was never a part of my normal vocab but now I see it all the time. I looked up the definition and it actually means “high sewing” so i’m guessing there are guidelines to how couture pieces are made, and it doesn’t actually mean, like, weird expensive dresses that look like art. The store I bought my gown from says they “only sell couture” which I guess to them means not off the rack which is sort of close to the “high sewing” ( the dresses are made to order)but I don’t know if the designers actually fit into the couture cagegory. Then there are brands like Juicy Couture which has nothing to do with “high sewing” (haha) I guess the word (like so many others) has strayed from its original meaning, but I wanted to see what everyone else thought.
Post # 3
I was in the same boat as you–I think “high end designers” when i think couture. Also “expensive” lol….
Post # 4
Sooo…what does “high sewing” mean? And don’t just say “couture”!! =)
Post # 5
I always thought that true haute couture meant handmade one at a time, not mass produced. Think the dresses that Vera makes for celebrities, or whatever.
But it’s kind of come to mean “high end” – and, at this point, “we want this to be seen as high end.” Haha!
Post # 6
I think that “couture” is used way to frequently in the world of all things bridal to justify the price tag. Yes, most gowns are actually sewn for you after you place the order. But I hardly consider a gown that was pieced together by a factory in China (bc that’s where a lot of dresses are actually fabricated) a couture gown. Expensive? Yes. Made to order? Absolutely. But not couture. And there’s nothing wrong with that! I’m ok with a non-couture dress, in fact, that’s definitely what I’m getting!
Post # 7
To me, couture is something handmade, not mass produced. I think it’s overused. I mean, are ALL of those designers with their couture lines handsewing those beads? Me thinks someone in a factory is sewing them overseas w/ a machine.
Post # 8
@lovesthebear-I think i agree with you. the word is used way too frequently to justify a high price tag.
@ twalila Here is what I found about “high sewing”
HAUTE COUTURE (oht koo TOOR) means “high sewing,” and is the term reserved exclusively by those European fashion houses that offer made-to-measure apparel in or around Paris and belong to the Fédération Française de la Couture (which began as the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 1868 by Charles Frederick Worth). Following strict guidelines regarding number of pieces shown per collection and number of collections shown per year, current members include venerable fashion houses like Balenciaga, Chanel, Hermès, and Valentino
COUTOUR (koo TOOR) is the French word for “sewing.” Couture clothes are those that are fitted and sewn specifically for a client, often requiring several fittings for an exacting fit. The clothes may be specifically designed for the client, such as a one-of-a-kind wedding dress or a one-of-a-kind red carpet ensemble, or they may be part of a designer’s couture collection, which are the pieces the designer shows that are available for custom fit.
Typically, couture pieces are made of fine fabrics or feature extensive hand work (like beading or embroidery) that drive up the price to thousands or even tens of thousands PER PIECE. Because of the cost, couture clothing, which once had 35,000 regular customers during its heyday after World War II, has an ever-shrinking regular buying base of about 1,200 people worldwide today.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I think most places use it as marketing tactic. They call dresses couture when they’re not at all handsewn, just to make them sound more elegant or expensive.
It’s an extremely watered down word, in my mind.
Post # 10
So, basically, my bridesmaid dresses were “couture” because they were made specifically for my bridesmaids. By mom. lol.
Post # 11
I agree with Lilyfaith.
Couturiers have to be certified by the French goverment and there’s only a handful of actual, real couture houses left.
Post # 12
I also thought Couture was a one of a kind dress. Nowadays it’s just used interchangably with “wannabe fashionable” and “expensive”.
Post # 13
@chillmer-ah-ha! I think that is the answer I was looking for! I figured there had to be something to make (real) couture pieces different from the rest and I guess it’s the certification. Interesting-thanks!