Haute couture (French for “high sewing” or “high dressmaking”; pronounced: [ot kutyʁ], English pronunciation: /ˌoʊt kuːˈtʊər/) refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. 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 finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. Couture is a common abbreviation of haute couture and refers to the same thing in spirit.
It originally referred to Englishman Charles Frederick Worth‘s work, produced in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century. In modern France, haute couture is a “protected name” that can be used only by firms that meet certain well-defined standards. However, the term is also used loosely to describe all high-fashion custom-fitted clothing, whether it is produced in Paris or in other fashion capitals such as Milan, Tokyo and London.
The term can refer to:
- the fashion houses or fashion designers that create exclusive and often trend-setting fashions
- the fashions created
Start by sewing the seam the zipper will go in. Invisible zippers can be put in any straight seam. You will leave an opening in the top portion of the seam that is 1 to 1 1/2 inches shorter than your zipper. If you zipper is 9 inches (just the teeth, don’t include the extra below the spot the zipper tab stops) then you will have a 7 1/2 to 8 inch opening. Sew the seam below that point.