THE HISTORY OF HAUTE COUTURE

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From humble beginnings to present day, we chart the history of haute couture.

1858: English couturier, Charles Frederick Worth established the first haute couture house in Paris, championing exclusive luxury fashion for the upper-class woman and coining the term ‘fashion designer’ – an artist in lieu of the basic dressmaker.

1868: Le Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture was first established as the safeguard of high-fashion. Designers were required to earn the right to label themselves a couture house according to certain specifications. These were later outlined in 1945.

1908: The phrase “haute couture” was used for the first time.

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