Haute Couture. Alta Costura.

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House of Worth Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2011
Haute Couture is french for "High Sewing" or "Dress Making"
To be considered a Haute Couture house, the brand must be a member of the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris, which is regulated by the French Department of Industry.  

1. Present a collection in Paris, twice a year.
2. Each Fashion House must employ a minimum of 20 workers at their studios.
3. Every garment must be hand made.
4. Must have had between 100 and 1,000 hours of manual labor.
5. Each garment must be incially made of linen or cotton, in order to not waste the fabric which will be used in the finished piece. 
6. Fabric Houses must guarantee exclusivity of each fabric purchased by the designer. If not the designer can righteously file a lawsuit.
7.  The client must be fitted at least three times during the making of the garment. In order to guarantee a perfect fit.
8. The seamstress who first start working on the garment must be the one who finishes it. 
9. The starting price of a Haute Couture garment is 16,000 euro.
10. The Fashion house must guarantee their client that there will only be three versions (maximum) of the garment: the one presented on the runway, the one adapted to their figure and the one the designer keeps for his/her archive or private collection.

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture

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